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Monday, November 24, 2014

Published!

Me and my professor wrote a book chapter and finally I got my copy of the book with the snail mail.


Kuva, jonka @gatapirata julkaisi


You can find out more info about the book here.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Keyhole garden

At the moment there is nothing much to do in the garden but I am inspired for next years growing season and already plan new things to try. Already in late summer I got an e-mail about how to grow a keyhole garden, it looks quite simple right? I have to read some more into it and see if this could be something to try.


Source: Fix.com

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Eco tour in Cuenca national parks in Spain

In summer we traveled to Spain for a wedding and decided to travel some more around Spain since we were there. We stayed in Cuenca for 3 days and did a eco tour with a company called Stipa.

It was very refreshing to meet a guide that was so in tune with our values on not harming nature while travelling. She took us to the natural parks around Cuenca and we saw some awesome views. It is very, very pretty there! She also pointed out plants, bird and berries on the way.



Do you think about how you travel and behave as a tourist?

Check out for example these webpages for some ethical travel tips:

Tourism Concern (in English)
Schyst Resande (in Swedish)
Reilu Matkailu (in Finnish)






Friday, November 14, 2014

Miljöaktionsdagarna (Environmental Action Days)

Some weeks ago I participated as a volunteer in the Environmental Action Days for youth in Finland. The idea of these days is to show the participants (16-21-year-old students) how they can influence, change and work for the things that they care about.

The organizations organizing the event and/or presenting what they do during the event where:

Luonto-Liitto (The Finnish Nature League)
WWF
Natur och Miljö (The Finnish Society for Nature and Environment)
Animalia
350.org
Maan Ystävät (Friends of the Earth)
Dodo

Almost all of these organizations have youth-programs in place so if you are interested in volunteering in any of the organizations it's worth checking them out and sending them an e-mail or signing up for any of their activities.

If you are already older, contact them anyway! There is always something you can do.

And if you don't live in Finland, check out your local WWF/Friends of the Earth/350.org/other organization and contact them if you are interested in meeting others who care for the environment and do something together with them for the cause you care about.



Friday, October 31, 2014

2 months of no new clothes for a year

This month I cleaned out the closet, I realized I have so much clothes that are actually too small or so worn out I don't wear them anymore so I sent  about 5 plastic bags of clothes and shoes to UFF.  I also had some clothes and stuff for sale in the local flea market but I am thinking there is probably still some clothes I could get rid off, but maybe it has to wait now until spring cleaning time.

There was an angry article in a Finnish newspaper about the hysteria of "cleaning out" stuff in relation to this challenge and how people don't value things anymore. Yes, of course it can be "bad", however, I'm not sure it always have to do with people not valuing things. I for one finally cleaned out some stuff I had been holding on to for too long and this challenge and the flea market gave a good incentive to do so. At some point I just have to realize that even if a shirt has been my favorite when I was 14 it will just not suit me ever again (not my age, not my body either) and some of the things will hopefully be to good use for somebody else who will value it.

Here is some good rules that was posted on the challenge event's facebook wall yesterday:

1. What I buy I use
2. What I can fix I fix
3. What I need I buy second hand
4. What I don't need I sell second hand or give for reuse
5. I remember, that from old and used things new things can be made if the material were originally of good quality.



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Thyroid talk

A week ago I joined my friend for a lecture on thyroid and the psyche in Lahti, organized by the Lahti region thyroid organization




Thyroid is right now a hot topic in Finland as doctors are arguing about the use of the T3 hormone, which has even led to restriction of some doctors' right to practice. Some weeks ago there was a short documentary on Finnish TV about the topic where you can hear doctors who are for the use of T3 and the doctors who are against it. One of the more important points in the documentary, according to me, was made by the representative from FIMEA (Finnish Medicines Agency) who states that T3 hormone is no harm to a human in the right doses as it naturally occurs in our bodies. 





All in all, as Valvira (the Finnish National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health) now has restricted some doctors' thyroid treatment no doctor in Finland is willing to give out T3 hormone to patients, which has put a lot of patients who have been treated with T3 in a small panic state. Probably because of all this the lecture last week was overflown with people and they couldn't even let everybody in, however, if you are interested in the subject they are planning a new lecture shortly.


Some of the interesting points from the lecture were;

  • The connection between depression like symptoms and thyroid malfunction and how to distinguish a normal depression from one that is caused by thyroid malfunction.

  • How to treat a patient well by actually listening (if the mental health doesn't improve even after getting treatment (psychotherapy and pills) perhaps it is worth investigating other causes?
  • The importance of a good diet, too little folic acid and B12 vitamin might increase depression like symptoms
    Other important cornerstones in our diet:
    - iodine
    - selenium
    - zink
    - iron
    - omega 3
    - ubiquinone
  • Too low cholesterol might also affect hormonal formation
  • In a study by Kelly and Lieberman, 2009, 14/17 persons with depression which had not responded well to other treatment got well after being treated with T3 hormone


  • Towards the end the doctor also presented a possible cause for the fact that thyroid problems have increased, namely the chemicals in our surroundings like:

    -plastic with BPA and phthalates, usually included in soft plastic-triclosan used in products to kill bacteria and fungal growth
    -bromineted flame retardants is used on e.g. furniture and other textiles to prevent the outbreak of fire, however, if I remember correctly it has been proven that in the event of fire these do not really work anyway
    -flourine
    -parabens, used in cosmetics
    -glyphosate, used in farming to avoid weeds, e.g. in roundup
    she also included gluten to the list as the use of gluten has increased in our food products and gluten might worsen some psychiatric deceases.



The lecture continued with Erkki Palviainen from Voimaruoka who talked about superfoods and how to eat to get all of the important conerstones into our system.

He pointed out among other things that we are small ecosystems so it makes sense to eat accordingly (avoid chemicals and eat healthy, naturally rich food).

Palvilainen was very critical towards:
-all "new food" products that often include a lot of questionable ingredients.
-products that include synthetic and added vitamins
-new farming breeds and new farming methods
-all light products

Instead Erkki suggested we should eat natural foods that our grandmothers ate and include into that diet some superfoods like seaweed (sprirulina is a powder out of seaweed) for extra nutrition. If you are interested in learning more about Erkki's life philosophy he recently written a book about Superfood (in Finnish) I haven't read it myself but during the weekend I had a conversation with an acquaintance and it turns out she is reading it right now, so I can guarantee you the book is a good conversation starter at least. 


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Inequality and Debt

I decided to share a video on inequality and debt with you on this years Blog Action Day.



Do you feel democracy and equality is possible in capitalism? Or do we only have problems because of how we (or he richest 1%) is managing capitalism today?

A part of the rebel me is thinking that those richest people are only 85 persons according to the video, and we are millions, it really should be easy to balance back the power. Unfortunately these people hide behind multimillion dollar companies. Just this morning it made me angry to think about how these international companies are dictating how we eat, which medicines are used to treat our sicknesses and how and what food is produced.

It is however, easy to pin point the problems in our economy but what about the solutions?

Here is some of my own thought on how you can take action;

1. Support your local economy and small companies. 

Increases transparency, local economic resilience and keeps jobs in the region.

2. If possible, support and use an alternative bank;

Like ekobanken and JAK in Sweden (unfortunately I haven't found an alternative in Finland yet!). Do you have one in your country/region?

3. Familiarize yourself with different social and economic architecture systems.

Get to know steady state economy, economic democracy, benefit corporations. circular economy etc. etc. Any system you want to tip me about?

4. Support organizations working for a better economic system or fixing ours

Some of my favorites are Positive Money, Reconomy, New Economic Foundation, Ellen MacArthur Foundation and TEEB. Please let me know if I missed your favorite.

Because we talked about debt Positive Money  are taking on this problem by looking how money is created which is quite interesting as today's money is created directly as debt. This is why I will finish this post with their video. Could we take on the issue of debt by looking at money creation and loans? Would that in turn increase equality and democracy in our current economy?




Have good Blog Action Day!


Friday, October 10, 2014

Detox week

Today we are finishing a week of detox. I've been wanting to try to do a detox for a while now but I also knew that I wouldn't make it without my husband agreeing to detox too. So about a week ago he voluntarily brought the subject up and said "let's do it" (I was surprised, but happy he wanted to try). We decided to follow the program on the Vogel.fi webpage (link in Finnish) as it allowed us to eat quite a lot, we thought that a juicing detox might be a bit too much for beginners.



During the week I made some notes on my phone about how it felt. Here comes some of the comments:

Day 1

During day 1 I could still not feel any mayor differences.

Day 2

I woke up super thirsty, perhaps I had not been drinking enough water during day 1? I was also very cold after lunch as well as would have liked to eat more and suffered from sugar cravings.

Day 3

Constipated in the morning, why? Again too little water? Cold after lunch again and foggy headed.

Day 4

Finally felt lighter when I woke up. Very cold at the office but it later turned out that the battery was not on. Again sugar craving after lunch & stomach cramps mid-afternoon.

We had suffered the whole 3 days from drinking the awful tasting carrot juice until a friend of ours tipped to add some ginger in it. What a success! We did a smoothie of carrot juice, ginger, lime and grapefruit and we didn't suffer anymore.


Forgot to eat apple with dinner and forgot the evening snack (again) but was not as hungry as other days anymore.

Realized that autumn/late summer is a good time for detox as we could pick and eat our apples, tomatoes, cucumbers, paprika's and chili's from our own garden.

Day 5

Passed as normal, but no sugar-craving neither hunger feelings.

Day 6

Felt lighter, again constipated though but definitively clearer skin (usually suffer from spots). Afternoon hungry & energy drop but otherwise ok.

Day 7 

Today! So far so good, really hungry right now but it is almost lunch time.Tonight I will break my detox by attending a cray fish party and I think the social pressure to drink a glass of wine will be too great to resist.

Anyhow, I am glad to have tried a detox week now, it wasn't that hard in the end as I imagined and after a week I am really cured from my sugar cravings (for now). All in all I think we are not eating that bad with my husband in general either, it is mostly chocolate, ice cream and alcohol (red wine) that are my weaknesses. At some point I'd like to try a juicing detox too, perhaps only for a day to start with. Perhaps I need to have a detox from social media next, a week without Facebook wouldn't be bad at all.

What about you? Have you tried a detox? How did it go?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Liebster Award

I'm happy and honored to have been nominated by Veganjavel for the Liebster Award. This is what she writes about the award.

 "This award is meant to encourage new bloggers, create connections between bloggers and help people discover new blogs, and what could be greater than that! It’s one of the things I like with blogging – except the obvious, reading and writing – you can find and connect with like-minded people from all over the world."
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How nice to have been nominated even if my blog has not been updated so much lately (it was considerably easier to have time for blogging while I was a student). My blog has also been around already for about three years so maybe not so new. If she wouldn't have nominated me though, I wouldn't have found her blog (a new favorite of mine). 

The rules of the award go like this:
  1. Link and thank the person who nominated you (Thank you Veganjavel !)
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you
  3. Tag 11 bloggers who have 200 or less followers
  4. Ask the 11 bloggers 11 questions, and let them know you nominated them!
So here are my answers  goes as follows:

1. Why did you start your blog?

I started this blog when I got accepted into the "Environmental management and economics" master program in Swedish Agricultural University. I wanted to write about my studies and about green stuff that I felt was important.

In the end the blog has been a great companion during the way, by now I have already graduated and moved back to Finland but I hope to keep posting at least every now and then on the blog. The problem for me is to find time between work, gardening, yoga, friends etc. I realize that we lived in a little bubble in Sweden, where I mostly concentrated on studying and stuff that interested me and our social life was kept to a minimum.

2. What inspires you in your life?

People that do things differently. At the moment I am also addicted to Pinterest which is a source of endless inspiration on whatever topic you like.

3. How do you spend a normal day?

I get up around 6 am
shower
have breakfast (if I have time because I am often snoozing until 6:30)
drive to work ( I know, I drive, I wish there was another alternative but unfortunately we live in the middle of nowhere right now, at least it is not a long way)
I arrive at work around 7:30, spend my day doing lots of office related tasks as we are a small company anything can come up, lunch around midday
arrive back home at 16:30, depending on the season and day you might find me in the garden after that but quite often I do some yoga, then cook dinner, summer season we'd have dinner in the garden if possible (quite often with some friends), during winter dinner is usually eaten while watching something on Netflix (right now we are following Elementary)
I am an early bed person (otherwise there is no way I can get up at 6 am) so by 21-22 I will go to bed, read a book and fall asleep by 22-23 pm

Oh God, my life sounds so boring!

4. Who is your favorite person?

My husband.

5. Is there an animal that has a special place in your life? Who is he/she?

Our dog of course! Here, how can you not adore him?:



6. What is your favorite fruit?

Hmm, difficult one, perhaps banana? Right now I'm more into citrus fruits though.

7. Your favorite song?

Another difficult one...but yesterday I rediscovered Alicia Keyes' "we are here" and added it too my playlist

 

8. What is your dream job?

I'm not sure there is a paid job on the current job market that would be my dream job. I wish I could do something different everyday, continuously learn new stuff, having good conversations with people but also be able to work alone when I feel like. I don't care working hard if I feel that what I do makes sense and is meaningful.....something like that?

9. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I'm quite content of where we live right now. Sometimes I wish that the landscape was different though.

10. If you won one million, what would you use it for?

I would probably put a sum into renovating our house (this we will do soon anyway, without the free million or not) and buy solarpanels or other reusable energy source, I would buy a more ecofriendly car, I would invest part of the money into eco/sustainable businesses as well as my husbands company, probably somehow help my friend who is sick, depending on what's left I'd save it or give some to charity....now when I think of it, perhaps I'd start my own company too.
 
11. If you knew you only have a few days left of your life, how would you spend them?

A party would be nice, with all the people I like most.
Now about the nominations, I'm afraid I don't follow many blogs at all at the moment, I would like to but there is too many good blogs and too little time. Anyhow, I liked all the blogs Veganjavel nominated (listed below), Organized Chaos (number 6) is also one of my favorites and another Swedish-speaking Finn I follow is Bohemian Maggie (she's travelling in Asia at the moment so not sure if she will blog for some time).

So this is Veganjavel's nominations ( I took away number 5 as it was my own blog and listed Bohemian Maggie instead), I will be as lame as to say that I support Veganjavel 's nominations and I'm sorry not to nominate anyone further. Please visit the blogs below though, I think you will like them, and please, give me tips about small cool green blogs.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

1 month into no new clothes for a year

My best tip so far is don't go into any clothes shop. What you don't know exist, you don't desire.

When we were in Spain on holiday there was a couple of shirts I saw I would have liked to buy but instead of my usual habit of trying to convince myself why I needed them I had to convince myself why I didn't need them. Good brain exercise for changing your shopping habits though!

This month I bought long underwear. You need them in Finland for winter and underwear is allowed to buy during the challenge (can you see how I am good at deceiving myself). Furthermore long warm stockings make dresses wearable in autumn as well (perhaps winter too if not too cold). I am also thinking of combining them with oversize sweaters and long tops, let see how that will work out...


This is how I think I will look, reality might be a bit different...

Friday, September 26, 2014

No Impact Man

We recently saw the No Impact Man movie on Netflix which was interesting as I have read the book as well as participated in the No Impact week project.

The movie is a good watch if you want to get an insight to what the No Impact Man project was all about for Colin Beavan and his family. However, if you are more interested in the project I recommend you read the book, the movie is fun if you already have read the book but if you have not I think it can leave you wondering a bit over his choices and his reasoning. The movie is a good addition to the book though and it was fun to see some of the things "live" that I had read about in the book.

If you want to try to do a lighter version of the No Impact Project you can participate through the No Impact Project's webpage

Monday, September 1, 2014

A Year Without New Clothes

I was invited on Facebook to the event A Year Without New Clothes and after once again cleaning out my closet today and realizing that we just don't have the space for all our clothes I thought, why not? I already don't buy a lot of new clothes ( I do get some from friends and family as well as buy second hand though) but since I rarely throw anything away the clothes just seem to add up.



So now, until September 2015 I will only be allowed to buy shoes and underwear if needed. Clothes I will have to do with what I have.

I'll keep you updated!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Permaculture course

So on the weekend I attended the introductory permaculture course in Mikkeli and it was indeed interesting. The way of thinking in permaculture, I realized, is something that relates to how I already think of the world, but I did get some tips I will try out in the garden, which was mainly why I wanted to attend the course in the first place.

So what is Permaculture?
Our course leaders defined it as (my translation from Finnish);

A method of design,which help create sustainable environments both for nature and humans.

Even if permaculture was originally created by Mollison and Holmgren as a more sustainable option compared to agriculture, permaculture can nowadays be applied to much more than just agriculture. You can use the same principles basically for designing anything by using the 12 design principles of permaculture (copied here from Wikipedia):

  1. Observe and interact: By taking time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.
  2. Catch and store energy: By developing systems that collect resources at peak abundance, we can use them in times of need.
  3. Obtain a yield: Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing.
  4. Apply self-regulation and accept feedback: We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well.
  5. Use and value renewable resources and services: Make the best use of nature's abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources.
  6. Produce no waste: By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.
  7. Design from patterns to details: By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go.
  8. Integrate rather than segregate: By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other.
  9. Use small and slow solutions: Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes.
  10. Use and value diversity: Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.
  11. Use edges and value the marginal: The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system.
  12. Creatively use and respond to change: We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing, and then intervening at the right time
 Different shapes in nature to observe

Basically a circular economy system are drawn from similar ideas and principles as permaculture, also transition towns try to design sustainable cities or towns for people with similar ideas in mind. The transition town idea of how to organize people is one of the ideas of permaculture as well, that you need to include the human into your design and think about designing for strong social sustainability, keeping in mind that the economic and agricultural systems we have now are not very sustainable in the long run. During the course we saw the movie Rebecca's farm which deals with the question of how will today's farms, so dependent on oil, survive in the future.

Modelling a sustainable social network during the course.


Going back from the big picture to the own garden perspective though, it is not difficult to try to apply the principles in your own garden and it is a good "small scale" place to start and experiment. We talked amount other things about creating forest gardens, plant guilds and other tips and tricks for the best edible gardens.



I hope that next summer I will be able to try out combining some plants to make a plant guild and perhaps try to landscape the part of our garden that is mostly forest to see if I can try to make it a bit more "organized" and plant some new stuff there too.

Luckily now I have the whole winter to make wild plans, plans are good, then hopefully at least some of them come true.



Garden designs during the course:


My course was only a weekend introductory course to permaculture at Otavan Opisto, but price/quality was really good, so I do recommend it (it was in Finnish though). There is every now and then Permaculture Design Certifications courses that are about 2 weeks long if you are interested in taking a longer course. A few places you can also do a PDC course online but I realised that for me the online course didn't work out. If you want to travel and combine some organic farming and learning, try out WWOOF:ing, some of these farms are permaculture farms we well as organic.



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Black Fish documentray

Black Fish is one of those documentaries that are fascinating, scary and sad at the same time. This movie will leave you thinking about the subject for days after you saw it.




I've never seen a killer whale in captivity but the lonely beluga in the Valencia aquarium broke my heart just the same. It looked so lonely and kept swimming around and around and around.

This documentary is interesting also in the light of this summer's talk about closing the only Finnish
dolphinarium. Among others, Ric O’Barry, who holds the lead role in the documentary The Cove has spoken for closing it. The Cove is indeed one if the other documentaries I'd like to see but I don't know if I have the courage to watch it. The trailer is already freaking me out.




Here are a couple of articles in Finnish on the debate of closing the only dolphinario in this country:

Särkänniemen toimitusjohtaja: Delfiinejä ei voi noin vain vapauttaa
O'Barry: Särkänniemen delfinaario suljettava

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Greenhouse Project

During summer I have to admit I have prioritized other things than the blog so sorry for the blog being so quiet. The intention to write is there but in the end the day only have 24 hours, but perhaps now when we are moving towards autumn I will take some more time to sit indoors by the computer.

Anyway, for long already I wanted to share with you our greenhouse project. Already in my last post you saw a little sneak peak of our start, here comes some more pics of the progress. We built it, or mostly my dad built it (thanks!), from old windows that we gathered from friends, family and our own storage. This turned out not too be too difficult, seems everyone have old windows hanging around and dying to get rid of them. The roof is though a plastic material not to make it too heavy on the rest of the structure, keeping in mind that we will most likely have snow in winter. The greenhouse in the end is relatively big, I guess, but I am happy with the size, it's great space for us to hang out in on chilly or rainy days, also it gives us space and freedom to continuously have many different planting projects going on (also more exotic plants for out longitude).


 Starting up.



Still quite empty, but starting to be ready.
  
First plants moving in.
 

 This summer's first harvest was radish.

 It's growing!
 Thyme.


 A bit overgrown?
 Tomato, Tomaaato, finally red!
 Done, paint and all. The blue big buckets are for collecting rainwater for watering.


Currently we're still enjoying all of the harvest after all the hard work, and soon already comes the time to plan next years planting and gardening projects.

Do you have a greenhouse? Please feel free to share tips on building/planting/watering etc. I'm a still a newbie ready to hear about any tips or simply get inspired!

Next weekend I am finally joining an introductory course for permaculture, can't wait to learn more about that, it's been on my list for a while now. Will return with a post on that after next weekend.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Restaurant Day

It's almost two weeks since the restaurant day so I thought it's about time I write a short post about it. It's raining outside so no gardening today anyway.

I'd call the restaurant day a success for us as it was our first time and we were busy all day, we also made a small profit!

Here are some small tips in case you want to join the next restaurant day on August 17th yourself.

1. Team up with friends. The more the merrier, just be sure to split the responsibilities, so everyone knows what they will be doing. Your restaurant might get busy!

I'm happy we did our restaurant day as a group of people. We were busy all the time even if we were five people, and it was more fun as we got to hang out with our friends at the same time as cooking. 



2. Decide what you will serve. We decided to focus on local ingredients and food made from scratch. We did  home-made tortillas (also with tortilla-bread made from scratch) as tortilla is something everyone knows (even in Finland); this way we hoped that the step to try it would not be so big for a local crowd. We also served smoothies on the side and waffles for dessert.


This menu worked well for us as we were cooking outdoors so it had to be relatively simple "street-food" style. The tortillas were also served in a napkin so we could avoid using too many paper plates and also skip fork and knives.


3. Try to estimate how many food guests you will have. Or make a goal and prepare food for X amount of people. Decide what you will do if you run out of food early (close the restaurant early?/someone will go buy more food?) What will you do with the leftovers?

We managed this relatively well (lucky guess?) we had also prepared for a vegetarian option instead of our local meat option,  but it turned out it wasn't selling so we were left with quite a lot of beans. On the other hand they were canned so very easy to save.

4. If you want to have theme remember to add accessories and playlist for ambiance. I hope that to some extent our Mexican hats, fresh herbs and playlist attracted more people to our stand.





5. Decide the pricing, ask around what would your friends be willing to pay and compare prices in other restaurants. Count how much you need to sell with a certain price to make a profit.

We set our pricing a bit too low. We figured it afterwards as we got many comments on how cheap we were. However, our thinking when putting the price was that we didn't want the price to be a reason for people not to buy our food.

6. Advertise, ask all your friends to come,  put up signs and notes online (use the Restaurant Day webpage) and put notes around your area so people know to come for lunch/dinner on the day.


 7. Enjoy! Remember to have fun (it's not so serious) and afterwards pat yourself on the back and relax.



Monday, May 12, 2014

Doing Gardening, Green House and Restaurant Day

I am sticking to my goal of doing stuff, however, it turns out that doing other stuff leaves the blog suffering. (Funnily enough, according to my statistics the blog has never had so many visits, so welcome whoever you are!)

However, I'll try to make an update every now and then at least.

For now, only a short update: My plants are growing and we are working hard on building our own greenhouse, I try to post more pictures on that soon.

And on the weekend we are a group of friends organizing a pop-up restaurant close to where I live on the International  Restaurant Day. Come visit us if you are close! If you are living somewhere else, find the closest restaurant to you here. If you live close to Vaasa you should visit Slow Food Osterbothnia, and all the other cool events Maggie is listing on her blog. I wish I had the opportunity to go!

Anyone else of you having a pop-up restaurant on the International Restaurant Day?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Positive Suprise

I have complained before about the extra plastic around vegetables. By accident I looked at the text in my eco-tomato box today and guess what? It's not plastic even if it looks and feels like it. It is something called PLA, made out of majs and sugar and therefore it is compostable, also the label. Great stuff! More of this, please!



Let me laso recommend the series Years of Living Dangerously. See the first episode in full on Orangutang Outreach website.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Age of Stupid -Movie

I have a book called "The Age of Absurdity", we probably live in the age of both absurdity and stupidity and whatnot. This movie takes you on quite an emotional ride about climate change, energy and the future. I guess it is a few years old as 2007 is mentioned but it was quite interesting anyway and I like that they are taking many different perspectives on the issue. Whether the future scenario is realistic or not is less interesting, the cool thing is that they are using real news in the movie to illustrate that climate change is already happening.


The Age of Stupid can be seen in YouTube

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Food Rules by Michael Pollan

Just skimmed through Michael Pollan's book Food Rules. I agreed with all of the rules in the book so reading the book was fast. I had actually expected something that was more heavy to read but instead this book is easy to read  and to take in. Therefore, I recommend it to anyone, however, I am content with borrowing this book from the library, no need to keep it in the book shelf. Let the rules be shared!