It shocked us to learn that local governments in Michigan have attempted to forbid vegetable-growing in front yards. Can you imagine? Outlaw vegetables! And residents of our son’s Texas apartment building cannot dry laundry on balconies, even on inconspicuous racks.
Many seem to see line-dried clothes, and other old-fashioned, natural ways of living as an unattractive nuisance. But even more astonishing are the complaints farmers have received from new neighbors about the noise and smell of living next to farms!
Apparently, if you want to grow your own food, line-dry your laundry, or raise animals, you’d better do it in secret! People want their food, but with no smell, animal sounds, or ‘messy’ gardens. With the resulting unnatural, artificial diet that is ruining people’s health.
Do people think vegetables grow invisibly, almost like virtual homesteading games?
Modern society, with its growing dependency on internet and technology, is becoming increasingly alienated from the natural world, and from the healthy, wholesome lifestyle God intended for man.
Line-dried laundry has become something only done on homesteading virtual games. Raising vegetables and animals for personal sustenance is just a Farmville® activity, and real-life farming an offensive bother.
Living in southern rural Italy, as we do, this all seems so absurd! In our village nearly everyone grows vegetables, and hangs the undies among the shirts and pants flapping in the breeze. Many raise a pig or chickens, and we enjoy the bounty of all this natural living, with readily available low-cost, natural foods.
We need a new mindset!
The only way to protect our planet and safeguard it for future generations is through lifestyle changes, beginning with small, everyday things.
How do you see vegetables in front yards? As beautiful plants, or outlaw vegetables?
To us, vegetable growing and line-dried clothes are not disgraceful. The real problem, if you ask us, are the huge amounts of energy clothes dryers use and the immense quantity of water non edible lawns consume!
Vegetable gardens and line-dried laundry, no matter where we find them, are things of beauty and wisdom to us!