Conservation-Conscious: Part 1 What we eat

Updated: Oct 21, 2019


At the end of the day, do you ever reflect on its happenings? Do you think about all of the little things that occurred? Are you’ thankful for your awareness? Mindfulness and reflecting go hand-in-hand and help us achieve peace of mind. It makes us feel good remembering the good things people do throughout a day; a small reminder of the good that our world is capable of. It helps me remain hopeful and optimistic. If we can come together as our diverse and best selves, we can accomplish any feat, no matter the size.

Can you look back at choices that you’ve made and feel good about them? If not, will you make sure to make the right decisions in the future? That’s how I feel about our planet. We contribute to pollution of air and water - we all consume resources. But now is our time to be the change, to get out there and make things happen! Let’s do it together, let’s start making the right decisions, and change the world by inspiring action in those around us. We believe it’s a team effort!

As the ConserVANtion team, Jordan and I are constantly thinking about how every little thing we do, no matter how minute, impacts our Earth. We want to spread this knowledge to you. Small steps and thoughts that can help you become more conservation-conscious.

Let’s dig in! Being mindful of your actions can help not only our planet, but your level of happiness in life. Instead of just smashing down your next meal, carefully consider where the foods came from, how far they were shipped or flown to get to your plate, were they grown with harmful chemicals...? These are factors that will not only affect your health, but the health of local ecosystems and our planet. Do you think about what nutrients are in these foods, will they better my health, extend and accentuate my life? These are just little thoughts that once sparked, can lead to monumental, positive changes in your life. Once aware, you can start eating healthy, choosing foods from local farmers, foods that are farmed without antibiotics or steroids, plants that are harvested without chemical fertilizers or harmful pesticides. Not only will you start to feel healthier, but you will be minimize your carbon footprint, and the harmful chemicals that end up in waterways and back into our bodies, or end up on the their way to the oceans.

If you would like to learn more about some of the complex ways that these systems interact, send us a message! We realize that not everyone has been gifted the amazing educational opportunities that we have had, and we would love to share what we know. Remember, just because you choose to ignore or not think about ecological issues doesn't mean that they cease to happen. Think about your great grand kids! How will their lives be affected by the decisions that you are making today?

Since moving to the US Virgin Islands, I've learned about the rich soils of the islands and the beautiful fruits that can grow here. In my own backyard I've been lucky enough to harvest papaya, passion fruit, avocado, fig bananas, and coconuts within the last two weeks. All of these fruits and veggies grow naturally, without the addition of harmful fertilizers or pesticides. I'm now working on fixing up a greenhouse in my backyard to reap even more benefits of growing my own food. I hope this is something that you can all try at some point. The feeling of growing and harvesting your own foods, gaining nutrients and vitamins from the work of your own hands is such a beautiful feeling that I hope all can experience. And if you do not have a backyard with the means to grow large fields of fruit, perhaps you can try planters and pots here and there or even a rooftop garden. These are all methods that we have tried in the past (or similar versions) based on what situation we were living in. Basically, we learned that if there is a will, there is a way.

So next time you go to the grocery store and pay $4.99 for a box of cherry tomatoes, will you consider how they were grown and with what, how far they traveled to get to this point, and if you could grow them in your own space? We hope to inspire you to try something new, something more. Be the one who ignites their spark for knowledge, for curiosity, and positively impacting our planet. Because if not you, then who? If not now, then when? Be the change.

Thank you for reading and feel free to send us a message if you need help getting started or even just want to say hello. We love hearing from you, and want to develop a strong relationship with our readers so that they too, know they can be the change.

#gogreen #nonprofit #gardening #organic #optoutside #eatlocal #health

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