SUSTAINABILITY // Intentional Living + Waste Reducing
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About a month ago, while on a drive north of nyc, we decided to stop by Blue Hill Farms at the Stone Barn! I'm prone to salivation induced by moar garden and greenhouse spaces... but Blue Hill is next level. Needless to say, it was all I could do to stay socially appropriate in public while walking around their barns, greenhouses, and animal pastures.
For those who haven't heard of this place... "Blue Hill" could refer to two restaurants (this one we drove by at in a stone barn, and another near Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, Manhattan) and the associated farm that these restaurants source most of their food from. They make the "farm to table" transition flawless by growing and providing most of the food that is served in their restaurants, here on their farm. Blue Hill is a model for smart farming practices and earth friendly business models. They rightfully have earned their place as one of the top rated restaurants in the world.
My sister + brother in law and Ty and I drove up north last weekend for some apple picking adventures. We didn't get the brisk fall sweater weather I'd imagined - instead, it was 90 degrees and sweltering. We went to Outhouse Orchards near North Salem, NY. They had a nice set up with a cute barn with LOTS of pretty veggies to pick from, apple cider, pies, and gourds, galore! We picked a gigantic bag of apples for about $35. I'm using the verb "picked" very loosely here. We spent many hours just sitting under the shade of the trees, hiding from the heat. At the rate of one apple every 10 minutes, we slothfully (and sweatily) filled our bag.
This rooftop farm spans over 3 buildings' rooftops in Brooklyn. The farm roof we went to hosted greenhouses, a chicken coop, apiaries, a farmers market, huge composting operation, and a farmer's market stand with the seasonal haul. We walked around on a short tour that answered many questions, but left me with so many more! I'm fascinated by the whole operation and hungry to take more classes and get my hands *literally* dirty.
I am a part of this privileged and entitled group - I'll own it. I didn’t grow up in a home where we recycled. I don’t even remember seeing recycling in my school until we moved to Austin, TX for high school. I have not been one to care about what packaging surrounds a product, let alone what that packaging is made of. I buy what I buy, with no thought to where it was sourced, how it was produced, how the workers involved were treated, how/if animals were involved or what lasting implications this product's plastic packaging may have on Mama Earth. Historically, I have been a very UNonscious consumer.
We've lived in our apartment for almost two years. We have this amazing outdoor terrace space (kinda a luxury in nyc!) that has been completely empty - nothing more than a large bathroom for our puppy - up until a week ago when we finally filled it will plants and furniture!
Tyler and I went running together this morning.
This is a rare thing. Like finding a Pikachu. It's hard for us to work out beside each other.