Thursday, September 27, 2012

As an "old hippie" at 59 I am now more hopeful than I have been in years due in part to see so many young people in their 20s embracing and learning about organic gardening, permaculture, dumpster diving and living sustainably since I remember when all were either obscure or considered "weird". When I first started raising chickens in the early 90s so many people thought that was so "out there", so to witness backyard poultry raising increasingly common does my soul good. So many of my generation, sadly, abandoned the idealism of the 60s and 70s and became yuppies obsessed with status and Hummers and granite counter's hoping the inspiring young people I see in action today don't do the same thing.


  1. Hi John- I just wanted to let you know that I've been reading your blog every week or two for about a year now. I live in SW Florida and I have found so much helpful information here. I am a thirty-something, so a I don't quite fit what you are describing above...however, I do see more and more "backyard homesteading" among my peers (anyone from 20s to 40s with a full-time job and own their own home). I hope it's not just a phase in society but more of a gradual turn towards sustainability. Anyway, your blog is inspiring and I wanted to let you know that I'm here reading :).

  2. Thank you so much, and thanks for adding to my hope!