Little changes become big changes :)
As we are work our way towards a 'green' lifestyle...
Once you learn a little about the damage that the everyday household products and foods are causing, it's tough to ignore it and going on using those products. So you learn a little, you change a little, you learn a little more and you change a little more. Along the way you are possibly stopping the cause of something as major as heart disease or as minor as peanut allergies by tossing out that bottle of Windex and using straight ole vinegar. You are making sure the polar bears have icebergs to swim to and slowing their extinction by simply turning off the light in a room you are not in. These are simple things that make a big difference.
The more simple things I learn, the more difficult things I learn too.
The difficult stuff is the meats you get in the store. I won't even begin to tell you how horrific that stuff is, you can investigate that on your own(the book The Omnivore's Dilemma is a great place to start) and no...ignorance doesn't make it any less true. But here is one very minor reason (which should suggest how bad the rest is) why we now get our meats from local farmers. (see http://www.meat.org/) The local farms are easy to find, just google farms in your area. It's pretty cool to get to meet the people behind the food you will eat and actually know where your food came from.
So...then next reasonable conclusions is, 'why not have our own farm?!'
Well, I do understand that we live on a very small piece of land and a farm really isn't an option...
But our own eggs are totally an option!!!!! Actually they are an option even on pretty dang small a pieces of land.
I will now introduce you to our source of 100% cruelty free, natural, farm fresh eggs!
I am SOOOOOOO EXCITED!
I have read every book the library has on chickens...selecting the breeds to get (I chose Ameraucana, Speckled Sussex, Rhoad Island Red, and Barred Rock if you wanna know!) the space needed, the number of eggs to expect and coop designers (thank goodness for my handy dandy contractor hubby who will help me build it!)
Aren't they sooo cute?! (sorry for the red glow...that's their heat lamp!)