I’m home

Like many people, I moved to Colorado because it’s beautiful. I fully anticipated that my hippie leanings would begin to flourish, but I didn’t expect the pioneer spirit to infect me quite so quickly or thoroughly. This is a blog about my journey to learn about, and hopefully, eventually, teach about becoming independent and self-sufficient in the high plains desert of Colorado.

I fell in love with the West on a family trip in middle school. It took a while, but eventually I was able to move to Colorado Springs with a real job to pay the bills. I’m still new in the area, as I’ve been here less than a year, but I already feel like I’m home. It is nothing like the East Coast where I grew up, but it suits me well. I come from a long line of gardeners, and I finally feel like I’m somewhere that it is worth the time and effort to till the soil and plant the seeds. I’ll be here to see them grow.

I was raised in Pennsylvania, but my family is from New England. As a child, I learned about, and played around with, gardening in both climates. They were different on many levels, but the same on many others. Colorado has places that remind me of Maine, with less water, but overall it is unlike either. It has been quite a few years since I have played around with gardening, and I have no formal training in it. What I need to learn about gardening in general is further complicated by what I need to learn about gardening in this particular place. Unlike the East Coast, plants frequently don’t want to grow here. Particularly the ones that we are familiar with. What I need to learn is what species and varieties of imported plants can withstand the intense weather, and what species and varieties of native plants can be used instead.

This wish for independence comes from many places. My family is from New England where even now life is harder than in other places in the country. It makes for tough people. I have also been learning about nutrition and health for the last couple of years. The more I learn about modern food, or in many cases “food,” the more I want to be able to control what I am putting into my body. Healthy food makes for a healthy person, but much of the modern food comes from unhealthy plants and animals. I also believe that the current state of the economy will push people to be more self-sufficient simply in order to survive. The less we have to rely on large businesses to provide the necessities, the better off we are if something happens to them.

I have a lot to learn. I know that. I look forward to it. This blog is going to look eclectic because I want to learn from everyone who has anything to teach. However, the central theme will be this place I call home. Some people want to learn about the world. My goal is to know everything I possibly can about this little corner of it. I look forward to meeting you and learning from you on that journey.

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