Why do we have to supersize everything?We need to start being more innovative and solving our solutions by making things happen with what we have, don’t you think? Sarah Susanka an architect that started the Not so Big house Series feels that we don’t need “bigger houses” we just need to “rework our space” to pay attention to how we live and what we really “need.”She does design some very expensive homes + some of her “details” are a bit more than most of us can afford, but the idea is basically “attention to detail.” When we approach a project we need to break it down and figure out what are the “needs” and not the “wants.” We don’t really have to “supersize ” everything to achieve our goals. By paying attention to the details, we can get the “right size” for our own sustainable living.
I think “right size” is better. We need to decide what is best for us and not follow the crowd. I use to think that I needed to go out to the country and purchase acreage to grow food. We too often look at our situation and think “if only I had more money, more space, more education, more time, more this or that or maybe your more is collecting and you just need “one more” to make that collection perfect, etc…When is enough ENOUGH? Well, I believe when you decide it is enough.
I went to a meeting last night for our local Quad City Urban Farmers and shared seeds. It was great because I heard about all the neat things they are doing in our community. I was really impressed with their growing of the garden that all the food grown was donated to Cafe on Vine which provides “free lunch time meal to the needy of the community 365 days a year.” I donated a few bags of my extra seed + told them I would like to donate extra pepper plants that I am growing out for trials this year for their garden that feeds the needy. I was so thrilled that I found a place to drop off my extra seed and plants, but the best part was I picked up locally grown melon seed from the president of the club, baseball size melons that are the “right size” for vertical growing in an urban potager.
They had an interesting collection of seeds that were from local farmers, but they were for “super-sized” growing places + the cucumbers/vegetables were just too large for my urban potager. It got me thinking on the ride home that we live in a society that supersize everything, but for urban growing our spaces are smaller. We have to find things that grow vertically and some of the older vegetables that were ‘right sized” for people with large land to grow food are not the best for our smaller growing areas, so over the years I have been trialing older heirlooms that were grown which work better in smaller spaces. We need to start being more innovative and solving our solutions by making things happen with what we have, don’t you think?
We just have to be patient and learn to live within our means and we won’t need to “supersize ” since we will find through our own discovery the “right size” for us.