GREEN is the latest buzzword.
However, for some of us who have always been good stewards of our soil, water and other resources by recycling, using up and wearing out things before we buy new, GREEN is not a buzzword, but a way of life. Many of us have been reusing rain water caught in barrels, composting instead of land-filling, reusing fabrics and textiles with hand-me-downs, canning and freezing our extra garden treasure and creatively using leftover and salvage materials.
Many new books are preaching GREEN. Some of the ideas are as old as civilization. Some are enhanced with high-tech methods. Some are so down-home, we think everyone is doing it. Unfortunately they aren't. As circumstances change the economy, our concern for the earth we need to change our ways of thinking. Many older citizens can teach our younger generations a thing or two about making ends meet. Gardening for food production is one such time-honored practice. As gardeners, we have knowledge that will help others deal with new challenges. We understand the relationship between chemicals and health.