|The first snow fall of 2013 - Scituate, Massachusetts|
I always look forward to receiving the first mail order seed catalog for 2014. This year, it just so happens to be the one from Seed Savers Exchange. All in all, the contents of these catalogs don't change very much from one year to the next. Still, I enjoy flipping through them from cover to cover since you never know what you might miss if you don't. Usually I'll find myself lusting over a vegetable or two I've overlooked in past - like this one.
|Our home composting operation behind our barn|
Speaking of waste, one of the first things we learned soon after we moved into our new place was that there was no town-operated trash pickup service in Scituate. Instead, residents who did not arrange for trash pickup through a private waste management company had to dispose of their waste at the town's transfer station using only trash bags issued and sold by the town. Like most other residents, we've elected to do the latter and I have to say, I couldn't be happier. In fact, I definitely believe that it would positively impact our environment if more towns adopted this system for managing waste.
For one thing, since we personally pay for each bag of trash we dispose of (as opposed to a general tax that's easily overlooked), it incentivizes home composting and recycling, which you can drop off for free. This daily reminder has made us much more mindful of our family's waste production, so much so that we've now reduced our non-recyclable waste output to about one extra-large garbage bag every two weeks. Based on our past habits, this amount would be much greater if we had home trash pickup service.
|A simple compost bin made from recycled wooden pallets|