“Why, land is the only thing in the world worth workin’ for, worth fightin’ for, worth dyin’ for, because it’s the only thing that lasts.” -Gerald O’Hara, Gone With The Wind
There’s something magical about owning your own little plot of land (the above image is not my backyard—it happens to be Oscar De La Renta’s lovely garden) that brings this Gone With The Wind classic saying to life. In my case, it’s a relatively small sized back yard, but I’m not complaining—at 1,740 sq. ft., it’s much bigger than my previous small concrete slab condo patio! I’ve certainly been waiting for years to be able to do a little more than grow sprouts from my condo window. Though, in my gardening research, I’ve learned that there are many resources that teach you how to garden in small spaces (even small patios).
Now that a somewhat self-sufficient lifestyle is possible, I’m absolutely overwhelmed—yet excited. And although, due to my neighborhood covenants, I won’t be able to put in my own grey-water system (more on that later), dry clothes out on a line, keep bees, or raise even the smallest of livestock (no, not even a chicken), I can certainly organically garden year round and create a permaculture within my property, while storing/preserving the excess for food storage, compost, collect rainwater, cook with local (it doesn’t get much more “local” than your back yard) seasonal ingredients, recycle, utilize traditional cooking and food preparation methods (and un-cooking) for superior nutrition absorption, create my own all-natural beauty products and herbal medicinal tonics, and design and sew some of my own clothes using recycled material or eco-fabric. Whew—one step at a time.
Healthy Republic was created in the attempt to create a holistic lifestyle. One that incorporates slow food, slow design, slow fashion—slow everything—into a self-sufficient utopia. Trying to strike the perfect balance in the triad of rest, fuel, and fitness. Sounds silly, and perhaps impossible, but I’m at least going to try!
Let the games begin.