This week we’ve been planning vegetable extravaganzas for Christmas lunch (will they make it through the extended family filter? Time will tell) as well as considering some very good points about voluntary simplicity.
So earlier this week we read a piece called The Troubling Trendiness with Poverty Appropriation and it created quite a few good conversations.
There was the ‘I’m frugal and this article doesn’t represent me’ folks, the ‘all versions of presenting simple life skills as desirable are therefore appropriating poverty’ perspective and also a bunch of ‘what is this wanker on about’ folks.
The way we see it, embracing simplicity, DIY life skills + downsizing is the only ethical way to live, at this point on Earth. Especially in a country where our footprint is 24 times that of someone in the developing world.
But then that article brought up a grittier conversation – enter another interesting article via Adam Grubb by Dimitry Orlov – How not to Organise Community. Have a read – do you agree with the sentiment? We don’t, except for the parts that we do…
Pics of the week – their stories are here
Over the coming month we’re looking forward to having a bit of time to unpack thoughts on what matters a lot to us, and one of those things is urban farming, and growing food close to communities.
This article – Urban Agriculture is booming, but what does it really yield? is a great read that goes beyond the standard ‘food! in the city!’ excitement or shorter pieces.
Speaking of vegetables – if you, like us, are looking for non-meaty options to bring to the family Christmas (that will stand a chance of actually getting eaten) other than potato salad, these are seriously inspirational – Yotam Ottolenghi’s Vegetarian Christmas Feast options. The eggplant and yogurt cake! I’m so in.
May your weekend (is it the last weekend of the school year, like ours is? eeep!) include planning for feasts, salt dough decorations, and conversations about curly subjects that are good to have.