Saturday, February 11, 2006

Path to Freedom


I'm so in love with the Path to Freedom folks. I've mostly been reading their journal, and it never ceases to inspire me. These people are really doing it - they've created an urban homestead, growing tons of organic food on their 1/5 acre in Pasadena, using greywater to irrigate, raising chickens and ducks, walking and riding bikes, making their own biodiesel for car trips, building a solar shower and cob oven, holding educational events for sustainable-minded folks ... and with great eloquence, they are sharing it with the rest of us. (The beautiful flowers pictured are from their garden, just this week.) I always look forward to reading about the joys and the trials of their journey - for an example of the latter, see the Feb. 9th post on the composting toilet installation saga. The only bummer is not being able to link to a specific day's post, as there are so many gems. But you can search their site from their home page, and find what you need.

I deeply appreciate their commitment to sustainability in every area, not just cutting back or making changes where it's most convenient and hoping for the best. With their choices, they're making it clear that there is another way to make it on this planet, even when you live in one of the most populous urban/suburban regions in the country.

There are a ton of resources on their site and I highly recommend it. I've gotten lost in great links, which link to more great links ... you know how it goes. Currently, I'm most inspired by the idea of building our own wind turbine to produce at least some of our electricity. We live in an extremely windy area, and we have such a tiny house (400 sq. ft.) ... it seems silly to let a freely available energy source go to waste. Check out PTF's links page for alternative and renewable energy sources and get inspired.

14 Comments:

At 2:38 PM, Blogger The Blue Voice Crew said...

Me too, I'm madly in love with the Path to Freedom site and the people who live it. I've been reading them long before I began blogging about the environment. They have inspired me to many things, and we can't reference them too often.

marigolds2, from The Blue Voice

thebluevoice.blogspot.com

 
At 3:19 PM, Blogger lauren said...

I agree! Reading PTF introduced me to blogging and homesteading and remains one of my very favorite websites. A great source of inspiration!

 
At 12:37 PM, Blogger SustainableGirl said...

I can't get enough of Path to Freedom! I'm glad their message is reaching so many people, because it's informative, inspiring, and vital to keeping all our spirits up and our actions moving in the right direction. Currently I'm reading James Kunstler's The Long Emergency (terrifying!) about life after Peak Oil. People like the PTF folks help me remember that we have choices in how we live, and we're not doomed if the system really does collapse. If even HALF of Kunstler's predictions are correct, our society is in for some major shocks. I'm glad I'm approaching it with my eyes open!

 
At 4:34 PM, Anonymous Mindy said...

Yes PTF is very inspiring and another site that I found a few years ago is Kevin & Donna's EarthStar http://earthstar.newlibertyvillage.com/

My husband and I started gardening about 5 years ago and each year we learn something new. I really enjoy the connection with our yard & our food.

This year we're fencing our yard so we can raise chickens (eggs), ducks (eggs and they eat slugs and snails) and geese (they eat grass - so I hope I won't need to mow). Also on our "to do list" is to build a greenhouse against the south end of our house with windows that we salvaged from a local nursing home that was remodelling.

I love moving away from being a consumer. Little baby steps build up after a while. I'm really surprised how much we've changed our lifestyle.

Best regards!
Mindy
Brookings, OR

 
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