Stop shopping!

“A person dependent on somebody else for everything from potatoes to opinions may declare that he is a free man, and his government may issue a certificate granting him his freedom, but he will not be free. He is that variety of specialist known as a consumer, which means that he is the abject dependent of producers. How can he be free if he can do nothing for himself? What is the First Amendment to him whose mouth is stuck to the tit of the “affluent society”? Men are free precisely to the extent that they are equal to their own needs. The most able are the most free.”
     –Wendell Berry, “Discipline and Hope” in A Continuous Harmony (1972)

Are you already gardening? Are you a complete beginner but you’d like to get started? The internet is still working for now…start reading!

Would you like to expand your garden next year? Maybe start your own seeds to save money buying all your plants? Go get a book from the library and learn how. Make it your interest to learn. Send away for a bunch of free seed catalogs…most have TONS of good information inside.

Identify the store-bought products that you use that you absolutely could not live without. Then ask yourself why you have the rest.


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