I have a confession to make, I am obsessed with the show Alaska: The Last Frontier. I mean I’m not normally into paying to watch something, hence why we don’t have cable just the three or four standard channels you get for free, but this show is worth some money. It may seem like nothing special but it pulled me in.
These people, a.k.a. the Kilcher’s, are strictly living off the land in Alaska. Something that most of us have a hard time wrapping our heads around. Like literally they have four months out of the year to grow, hunt and preserve all of the food they need to make it through the harsh eight winter months in Alaska. Unless they hunt it or grow it they don’t eat it and I bet their bodies are loving them!
We could all take a lesson from these people. Yes, I know many have day jobs and can’t even fathom beginning a garden but we have access to people who do this full time (CSA’s, garden-clubs, farmers markets). The reality is many of our youth don’t even know what a real carrot looks like, just what our food industry is showing us of the perfectly rounded, no stem attached, baby carrot. Our kids don’t know how food is grown or that a carrot is actual a root, it doesn’t even appear orange above ground.
We live in a packaged world, shielded from the soil, the very essence of our bodies. Our bodies need this our souls need this.
Real food, grown in the ground or from the ground, pure deliciousness.
It’s time we get our hands dirty and start eating locally grown, home grown, real food. It doesn’t have to be hard, in fact it is so simple. More simple than the complicated ingredients most of us are ingesting daily. It may seem convenient but it is going to make your life so complicated when you develop a host of disease processes. Do this for yourself, do this to teach our youth about agriculture and where our food is meant to come from. You may be surprised how you can transform your picky eater into one who enjoys real food if they are allowed to be a part of the process–planting, cultivating and harvesting their bountiful crop.
Dirt, that’s where it all begins. Enjoy it! Develop a Green Thumb and go watch Alaska The Last Frontier!
It may inspire you…or make you want to move to Alaska at least for four months, then you may decide otherwise.
I hope to share in our gardening and preserving methods this summer! It doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact good health is more simple than you realize. It is literally at your dirt covered fingertips. The final question is… does bear taste like beef? If you know, leave me a comment below!
Respect dirt and it will respect you!