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Cows and greening

I've decided to start doing more to reduce my global footprint. I'm sick of feeling that there's more I could be doing, more I should be doing, to reduce my negative impact on the environment. It's not that I have delusions of ever being green enough to come out even, but I really think that by making some simple choices I can reduce my impact.

To this end, I've put my name in for 1/2 a cow this fall. It's a local farm and they guarantee that their beef is grass fed and hormone free. I feel really good about this and wish that there were other meats I could order in the same way. At this point, the only concern I have is that I didn't order enough. But really, that's all the room we have for freezer space without buying a 3rd appliance.

Of course, we're already getting our veggies through a local CSA and I'm hoping next year to have some protected space to grow some of my own. Those silly elk seem to get into everything. But what I'm really hoping is that by moving my buying power to local and sustainable farms, the food production industry will notice. Some day.

More baby steps: changing lights as they burn out to flourescent, looking into carpooling with someone other than husband (more occupants to the vehicle) and getting just one water heater. Gosh, it would be nice to only have one water heater instead of the disaster of piping we have right now.

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Oh yeah, and the burgers are great too.

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