Posts by Harriet Fasenfest


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Based in Portland, Oregon, Harriet Fasenfest gardens, cooks, writes, teaches, and speaks on the issues of food security and justice. Her book, A Householder's Guide to the Universe, was published in fall 2010. She is currently working on a new book and curriculum guide for teaching householding and householding economics.

The sock-monkey situation

Consumer culture gone mad

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December 26, 2008

Don’t make me shoot myself in the head. Please. Or, like I used to say at my coffee shop to particularly challenging customers, “Work with me.”

OK, here are your options:

(A) The Sock Monkey Kit as a “starter kit for creativity” for $11.99
(B) My old socks for free and a little time to tap into your natural creativity

(A) Kala Peace Soap for $7.99
(B) A peaceful soak for free

(A) Deep Steep Candy Mint Foot Cream $15.95
(B) Give a friend a foot rub for free

If you chose (B) for all options, then I just saved you, or you saved yourself, about $36, and the landfill and planet a little extra packaging. Mind you, all the gifts I listed are labeled “green,” but I think they are referring to the color of your money.

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Based in Portland, Oregon, Harriet Fasenfest gardens, cooks, writes, teaches, and speaks on the issues of food security and justice. Her book, A Householder's Guide to the Universe, was published in fall 2010. She is currently working on a new book and curriculum guide for teaching householding and householding economics.

The irony of our lifestyle

Harriet cleans out the fridge

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December 10, 2008

I have always known that there’s nothing new to anything I am saying, but rather something old and forgotten. Clearly, modern life and the busy schedules required to support it has helped fog the window, but still, there’s nothing new to the tricks and trades of kitchen stewardship.

I mean, for goodness sake, has anyone ever read Helen Witty’s Better Than Store-Bought cookbook? I did this morning, with a cup of coffee, and had a near-revelational moment.

The moment could not have come a moment too soon. Having had my mind blown by the endless sea of tiny over-packaged products in the good, fair, and local grocery store the other day, I was near-faint with the irony of our lifestyles. We want cleaner air, saner systems, healthy soil, and supported farmers, but we also want packaged pumpkin-scone mix with Northwest cranberry crumbles. Help me, Lord, I’m confused.

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