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1/28/11 8:12 A

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My sustainable goals for the year:

1. Find local, pastured and humanely raised sources of animal products.

2. Let go of stuff.

3. Learn how to ride my bike safely in traffic and then ride it for my errands in the 'hood.

4. Prepare my own food. Other people (restaurants especially) do not have my best interests at heart. I need to feed myself and my family.

That's about it. I'm really good at using the bags everywhere - I get them in the car by hanging them on the door I use to leave the house.

For those who want to use green cleaning products, I am going to recommend the book "Make Your Place: Affordable and Sustainable Nesting Skills" by Raleigh Briggs. It's a wonderful little book.

The toughest thing for me is going to be letting go of books. It would seem we insulate the house with them.

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1/11/11 12:30 P

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1) I also am in the decluttering goal-- working specifically on my basement and my bedroom closet.
2) Adding square feet to my vegetable garden this spring


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1/10/11 7:08 P

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I want to continue to declutter and simplify my life and my garden. I am working on it a little bit each day, and I am working towards getting my gardening more efficient. It really wore me out this year!

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12/26/10 2:13 P

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Buy all produce organic.
Sign up for a CSA at the Farmer's Market.
Continue eating flourless bread and avoiding foods with flour.
Avoid foods with ingredients I can't pronounce.

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12/20/10 2:43 P

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My crunchy goal is to eat as much organic and or local/sustainable grown stuff as I can. I also plan to include more vegan choices to our menu.

Oh yes, and we are expanding our garden from a few tomato and pepper plants to more of a "real" garden where I will grow my favorite vegetables. It will be a raised bed and beautiful.

I also plan to give away my big clothing as I drop sizes. I have other plans to clean out my closet/reduce possessions, though I pretty much do this on a regular basis so it shouldn't be too dramatic. However, I will be selling one of my looms.



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12/19/10 6:35 P

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One of my 2011 goals is to lern how to successfully grow sprouts over the dark winter months.

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I agree, this is an inspiring thread! My goals include:

1. Adding two new raised beds to my garden so I can raise more of our veggies.
2. Building a new milking barn so I can milk my goats more comfortably and expand my milking herd. More milk = more cheese, kefir and other dairy products! Yum!
3. Completing two more semesters in my Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine class so we become more dependent on natural cures as we age.

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This is such an inspiring thread! And it is so good to know I am not the only one forgetting my bags in the car. I have no problem now leaving the line to go get them (if the cashier doesn't mind).
1. De-clutter and reduce possessions.
2. Continue to reduce meat consumption. We only eat local meat now and are on our way to only local eggs.
3. Significantly reduce packaged food. I want to try making quantities and freezing dinners, rather than buying frozen dinners, etc. (whether organic or not).

I will be thinking on this more as the new year approaches.

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I've struggled a lot with what goals to set lately regarding green habits, mainly because I live with a boyfriend and another couple who are completely adverse to all things environmentally friendly. So, this isn't really a crunchy goal, but one of the things I resolve to do this year is focus on what I'm doing and not on the overall.

For example: I resolve to use and buy only green cleaning products this year and NOT the house will only be cleaned with green cleaning products this year.
I resolve to walk and bike more often then I ride my car.
I resolve to unplug, unplug,.
I resolve to cook from scratch whole foods more than I eat out.
I resolve to eat ethically grown meat products if I eat any meat at all.

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11/30/10 5:48 P

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I want to:
1) develop a healthy meal plan that will help heal my PCOS and thyroid issues
2) eat more vegan and raw food dishes at least 3x wk
3) Remember to take reusable grocery and produce bags to the store
4) Increase size of veggie garden this year and focus on more herbs, too.




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I'm not so far down this path as a lot of you guys, but I'm going to try and:
1) Look more carefully at where I source my food
2) Buy less and buy more carefully - 1 good quality responsibly sourced item as opposed to impulse buys that are junk for my home and junk for the people involved in their manufacture
3) Sort my garden out and make it a haven for local wildlife!

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12/1/08 1:12 P

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Good luck with your garden!

We put a garden into some very rocky and poor soil 5 years ago. We've hauled out a mountain of rock, and we've dug in a mountain of compost. We've also planted lots of nitrogen-fixing plants, like beans and peas. It's paying off--our soil is beautiful now.

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12/1/08 12:46 P

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My biggest crunchy goal for 2009 is to grow food. I'm currently drooling over a seed catalog and trying not to get too crazy. For example, I don't need to grow a 5-foot tall red okra plant if I don't like okra! The garden is going to be small and challenged this year by soil challenges (we're rocky) and pest challenges (bugs and hungry critters) and environmental challenges--water and temperature. So it will be best to just go for the basics at first.

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Thanks for the advice, Eternalmother!

I'm really looking forward to doing this. I'm thinking that if I just take a little corner of a closet or a drawer each week, by the end of the year I will be blissfully clutter-free. DH is a little bit anxious about this idea, but he'll come around. I'll just focus on my stuff, and I hope he'll get in the spirit.

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11/20/08 9:52 A

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Parrotwoman I have been doing that for a few years. It feels great. Just don't overwhelm yourself. Start with small projects andset time limits. I have also found that calling the charity for pick up gives me a couple of weeks and a deadline. It also gives those on Freecycle a deadline for pick up.

I went from a 5bed2bath over 2000sqft house to a 2bed1bath 800sqft house. It is cozy and comfy. As you will see "Screw the Joneses". LOL

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It struck me last night while reading a magazine article about a woman who downsized to an 84-square-foot house (yes, that's 84!)

In 2009, I am going to own less. Each week, I will end the week owning less than I did at the beginning of the week. That means that if I buy something, I have to divest myself of 2 things for a net loss.

I have closets stacked to the ceiling with stuff I never use, so this will nicely de-clutter my life. I will give away, free-cycle, or donate to the thrift store.

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11/11/08 11:10 A

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This past year has seen HUGE changes in our household (almost eliminating plastic, going green in cleaning, buying most of our food at the farmers' market, etc.), but there's always room for improvement. So here's what I'd like to do:

1) make even more of our meals/foods from scratch (lunch snacks, breads, yogurt, etc.);
2) start a garden (once we move);
3) make an impact on our public school's lunch program/school parents' awareness of a healthy lifestyle.

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11/11/08 8:26 A

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Trader Joe's does give you incentives, as does Whole Foods!! :) You get to put your name in a drawing for a winning of X amount dollars... And Whole Food's gives you 0.5 cents off of each bag! :) Other stores don't do things like that! :) That's why I remember mine! :) hahah! :)

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Still thinking about the goals, but to comment on the bags - somehow I NEVER forget to take them into Trader Joe's, but NEVER remember to take them into other stores. Weird.

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11/10/08 11:18 A

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FYI most stores, in my area anyway, will let you run out for the bags in your trunk if you ask. My problem is that I realize that I left the bags in the trunk, and I'm on my bike, but I'm hoping the saddle bag will help with that.

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I'm so glad to see that I'm not the only one that has a trunk load of reusable bags and realizes that they have been left in the trunk while your standing in line at the grocery store!!! LOL

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This is a wonderful idea!

1. Remember to use my shopping bags (instead of remembering that they are in my car when I get to the checkout line)
2. Use our solar oven more often.
3. Avoid processed foods even more than I do now. This really means avoid the junk food machine at work.
4. Ride my bike more.

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11/9/08 11:42 A

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1) Use less gas, walk, public transportation, ride bike whenever necessary.
2) Utilize recycling (am bad at this)
3) Sign up for CSA for the year
4) Always remember to BYOB to the grocery store.
5) Reduce use of take-away containers, (bring own to-go containers)
6) Utilize more vegetarian meals and reduce meat consumption.
7) Reduce consumer spending, only buy what is necessary and needed. Be more thoughtful about what the money is being spent on.


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1) Finish transition to vegetarian.
2) Eat locally only. (My Whole Foods market buys from local farms.
3) Join the CSA for produce all summer.
4) Go to the farmers market during the summer (June thru October)
5) Walk more for errands.
6) Ride public transportation as often as possible.
7) Declutter the house and freecycle everything.
8) Better manage my money.

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You know that is a good idea. I have a few that I need to really work on too.
1) Make sure the reusable bags are in the car daily to use. (i forget to put them back after i use them)
2) Walk or ride my bike to the store instead of driving.
3) Use public transportation more.
4) outfit the houses sinks to drain into barrels to reuse the grey water.
5) Avoid turning on the heat as much by wearing extra layers of cloths, even to bed.
6) limit peoples bathing in the house to 5 minutes period! And stop up the tub so that the water can be pumped out and put in barrels for garden watering.

This is all I can think of now but I will add more later when I can come up with more. I have alot to work on with myself and my life.

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I thought I'd start this topic now, because as with all change, it takes a while to incorporate new habits into our lifestyles. So, what are your goals for the coming year (kind of like early new year's resolutions) and how are you going to achieve them? Mine are:

1. Eat only 1-2 meals with meat a week
2. Eat meat, eggs, and dairy that has been sustainably farmed (hormone and antibiotic free, grass fed)
3. Bring my own shopping bags EVERY time
4. Transition to all-natural cleaning products
5. Shop at local farmer's market every week it's open (ours is only open in the summer and fall)
6. Eat in-season and local produce
7. Wear a sweater inside instead of turning the heat up/use a fan instead of an air conditioner

I'm new to the crunchy lifestyle, so I'm sure there are many here who already do all these things. I would appreciate any advice anyone could give me about a) finding and b) affording local and organic produce and sustainably harvested fish and poultry. I'm a college student, so it's sometimes hard to buy organic even though I know it's the right thing to do. Cutting way back on meat has helped with my expenses, but any other cost cutting tactics would be useful.




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