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Now Called Sustainability

May 9, 2013

There are many reasons why people chose to grow their own food. Some do it to control the use of pesticides and herbicides.  Some do it because the cost of food in the supermarket is rising  Some do it because it just tastes better when you can pick something when it is ripe and eat it within minutes.  Whatever the reason, there is a rising movement for people to live a lifestyle that is now called “sustainable”.barn old photo

Sustainability actually means a lot more than growing your own food.  Sustainability is the capacity to endure. For humans, sustainability is the long-term maintenance of responsibility, which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions, and encompasses the concept of stewardship, the responsible management of resource use.

Back in the day, before all the modern conveniences we consider normal and needed, people lived for thousands of years in a much more sustainable manner. Since there were no stores nearby they produced everything they needed. Trips to other places outside of a five-mile circle were major events.

We are not talking Middle Ages in Europe here, we are talking about the lifestyle of many Americans less than 100 years ago.

Aimee Figgatt now lives on one of West Virginia’s Century Farms. Called that because it has been continuously farmed for over 100 years by the same family, Tyler Creek Farm was also the home of Mary Cordelia Riffee Figgatt. Born in 1904 she started writing her memoir when she turned 94 and tells what living in rural Putnam County was like.Farm Stories

Her stories of living on the farm will help many of today’s small farmers who are trying to live a sustainable lifestyle by providing details of how she made soap, made a wool comforter, helped with hog butchering, churned butter and much more. Copies of West Virginia Farm Stories can be purchased at The Wild Ramp Market.

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By the way, hours in the Market have shifted for the summer: Tuesday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 10-4. Shop 13 Heritage Station, Huntington, West Virginia. (We have electricity there)

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