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Megan  Conscious Consumption✨ Appreciating our animals, plants, and earth🌿

Alliums are both my favorite vegetable to eat and grow. While it’s actually quite tricky to decide what plants fall under the Allium genus, you definitely know the ones cultivated for the garden: onions, garlic, scallions, leeks, shallots, and chives. They’re such cool plants to watch grow with so many amazing varieties that have taste profiles so much more varied than what you can find in the store. I also love foraging wild garlic and ramps. I love watching the onions pop out and sit on top of the soil in their last few weeks. I love collecting the garlic scapes from my hardnecks for early spring pastas. I love the process of curing and braiding garlic. I love the flowers chives produce. Last year, I decided to grow bunching onions (green onions) for the first time and unknowingly bought a packet of allium fistulosum seeds (Welsh bunching onion) thinking I was buying typical green bunching onion. I realized it this winter when I was still running out to the garden to cut some for cooking in the snow! They’re a perennial onion and so easy to propagate. The seed heads are SO cool and I will be saving the seeds to plant more of this for sure!

Sunday shakshouka ♥️

Seedlings are coming along nicely at Arcadia. So excited for this year’s growing season! It amazes me the bird diversity at the farm. The farm is 2 min from my house but I routinely see birds here, like these red winged blackbirds, that never come to my yard. Osprey, wild turkeys, bluebirds, swallows. It’s such a sanctuary for them. A little island in a place where it is so hard to be a little creature. Pretty soon these fields will be bursting with color again, and even more birds and bees and creatures!

Celebratory beers on the back deck in this gorgeous weather. 80. STRAIGHT. DAYS. of intense weightlifting and HIIT cardio. Probably the most challenging thing I’ve done next to marathon training. I started the plan when snow was still on the ground and now the cherry blossoms are blooming. There were lots of 4 (and 3!) AM wake ups, lots of time spent, and so much soreness but I learned so much and I have muscles I’ve never had in my life! Definitely going to incorporate more cardio-zone weight lifting into my training from now on. Ready for Kalymnos and looking forward to the next challenge!

Blooper gem from this weekend. Dog joy 💛✨

Steel cut oats with bananas pan-fried in (vegan) butter, honey, and cinnamon with pumpkin, chia, and sunflower seeds, hemp hearts, chopped Brazil nuts and drizzled with maple syrup. Hated oatmeal as a kid, rediscovered instant packets as a college student, obsessed as an adult. I AM THE OATMEAL QUEEN 👸

Crocus popped up in our yard. Hello, Spring 🌸

Morning farm glitter frolicking

Up early today for my first day back at Arcadia for the season. Lots of exciting new projects and seeds sprouting and as I tucked the seedlings in for the night, after a day spent in the dirt and in the woods watching the dogs sprint with joy in the bay, the ospreys whirl over the fields by the creek behind the farm that runs to the river I live next to and see every day and spring is edging nearer and how did I get so lucky?

David Wallace Wells is a lifetime New Yorker who doesn’t particularly like or care about the fate of nature or animals and he is one of the most important voices in climate change today. He comes to the problem of climate change as I feel most people do: as a father who recognizes it’s an issue but also is not going to become a zero-waste vegan hippy (unlike me) who thinks the sky is falling. He is a journalist that recognized that this was a huge story that would only get bigger and wrote it. His book is a NYT bestseller, but he sums it all up beautifully here in a non-depressing, pragmatic, and hopeful way. Definitely worth a listen!

Last week I was getting over a cold and I reached for an orange because - vitamin C! But as I was eating it, I realized that I know a ton of foods that have WAY more vitamin C than an orange: chili peppers🌶, strawberries🍓, bell pepper, pineapple🍍, broccoli🥦, kale🥬, kiwis🥝. So why does my brain connect citrus and vitamin C? Because of the clever marketing by the citrus growers! We hear so much advertising all the time from such a young age that it works itself into our minds far deeper than we realize. It becomes something we just “know”, until we stop to think about it. Advertising works. Big agriculture makes it a point to lobby our government, push its messages into schools, and pay for messaging that influences your belief about what is healthy for you. Can you think about other cases where the things you do or believe might have been influenced by a company’s influence?

Up until the 1960s we were still making 95% of our clothes. Now, we make less than 3% with the rest outsourced to other parts of the world. It surprised me to learn the fashion industry is the world’s 2nd biggest polluter today behind only Big Oil. The majority of waste in landfills today is disposed textiles. The average American throws away 82 lbs of textile waste a year. Most of this in non-biodegradable which means it will be in the landfill forever, all while offsetting harmful gasses.

But you donate your old clothing? Only about 10% of the clothes we donate actually get sold. The rest eventually make their way to third world countries, but the amount being sent there is so astronomical due to our fast fashion that they can’t possibly use all that comes. This has many impacts, among them, the destruction of any local clothing manufacturing that cannot compete with the clothes coming into their markets.

And fashion has a huge humanitarian impact with many garment workers toiling in terrible conditions for unfair wages, while the companies dump thousand of pounds of chemicals and offset tons of toxic fumes in countries with poor environmental standards.

This is all because of our acceptance of fast fashion. The whole idea: shift more product through your stores in any given year or season to make as much money as possible. And make the clothes cheap enough that people will buy in. But of course that cost still exists somewhere. The cost of unfair labor. Of the environment. Of farmers that don’t have access to education and healthcare.
The fast fashion industry has made us believe we are wealthy because we can afford to buy a lot of clothes, but they’re leading us to buy into a system that hurts other people, the environment, and ultimately ourselves. And the only people making out in this in the end are the companies. Prices of clothing have actually gone down over time, but the costs of making them have not changed. Ultimately, something has to give to have clothes at that cost. Once I understood that, I couldn’t participate in the system anymore.

Thankfully, there are tons of amazing options. (Cont in comments)

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