Summer Book Club explores “Homesteading”
It was summertime and the living was easyâ€¦green living, of course!Â Just like last summer, this year our Green Health Task Force took a summer break and decided to run a very casual book club related to green living.Â The book we decided on was Made From Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life â€“ one womanâ€™s tale of her journey to more sustainable everyday living.Â This suburban web designer (Jenna Woginrich) decided to hold onto her mainstream job, yet introduce new â€śhomesteadingâ€ť tasks into her life, including raising chickens, beekeeping, and vegetable gardening, and even sewing some of her own clothes!
In this humorous book which discussed not only the successes, but the foibles involved in making such changes, the author was able to relate that running your life â€śfrom scratchâ€ť is not impossible, but can be really fun and rewarding: even the smallest step.Â Our well-attended group included some people new to our task force.Â We all had such fun talking about our own attempts (some successful and some, not so much!) into gardening, canning, and sewing.Â We contemplated raising chickens and bees and everyone shared knowledge with each other from our own forays into more sustainable living practices.Â These discussions even evolved into one memberâ€™s goal of creating an organic farmersâ€™ market in Cherry Hill!
We hope to continue these discussions during the cooler months, so if you are interested in participating, please join us in person for our first meeting of the school year, on September 13th at www.YogaForLiving.net, or connect with us on our Facebook page!
Submitted by SCH Green Health Task Force co-leader, Caren Kaufman.