September 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm #508531mountainmumMember
What a great thread :tup: and even better so to read that none of us actually HAS done the sums – because for most of us it is not an issue we consider. It is so uplifting to read everyones reasons for doing what we do.
It always makes me wonder WHY we are questioned about the cost-effectiveness of growing food (same for raising and keeping chickens) when really we do not so it to make ourselves millionaires. We do it for all the reasons mentioned before, and more!
Do the same people (would your BIL Sue??) ask other gardeners what ‘dollar return’ they get from growing roses? Or rare orchids? or whatever their fancy is? If they don’t make money, does that mean it is a worthless act??? :jawdrop: I hope not.
I could also add to the others comments that I do it (gardening and chooks) to educate our children, about looking after the garden, our health, the earth, and the wonders of how nature works (and sometimes doesn’t :laugh: )
In fact I am educating myself too, I have learnt so much in the past 5 years, and there is always more to learn.
So add to that ‘worth’ it is some insurance against Alzeimers!September 21, 2011 at 9:31 pm #508532sue eMember
That’s how I looked at it MM . I thought of the huge amount of money that BIL spends on overseas hols and I’m talking BIG money I think the last trip cost around the $20,000 mark ( which he loves to tell us about) and Restaurants ( not just the local chinese foodery if you know what I mean) and yet nobody questions him as to whether it’s good value or not cos to him it obviously is. But that’s just not our thing and would much rather a bit of a camping hol than trapped on a cruise or at a resort.So that’s why I have decided to consider it a hobby to justify the small amount of money that we actually spend on it. That’s also why I am going refer to ourselves as “sustainable hobbiests”. When I consider the money that goes into maintaining lawns and ornamental gardens which really only serve as eye candy I no longer worry about doing the sums. I also have learnt so much in the last few years about lots of things that are truly important to us personally and to the future of the planet. And a lot of that is due to my time spent on ALS.September 22, 2011 at 1:02 am #508533dianneParticipant
Yuffie post=324643 wrote:
but my DH complains about me spending to much time cooking, and thus there’s more cleaning up to do (dishes, pots, and the whole kitchen), and more rubbish to put out ^^ As oppose to buying take out, instant noodles, or other canned/processed food, there’s minimal clean up, and we both work full time, so we feel we spend most of our time at home doing house work ^^”
Maybe your DH should help with the cooking and cleaning up, He might even find it leads to spending a great deal more time together ( if you know what I mean :whistle: )September 22, 2011 at 11:27 am #508534BronMember
I reckon my breakfast of 5 bantam eggs just cos me about 15c 😀 When the vege patch is finally producing (have to build the soil up a fair bit first), the produce will be more exy than if I could raise seedlings but for some reason, I suck at that part. But I do love the feeling of eating a plant I harvested moments earlier 🙂September 23, 2011 at 5:07 pm #508535Lotus BlueMember
cost of travelling to uni $20 a week,
cost of sending children to school $35 a week,
cost of hubby travelling to work $50 a week,
cost of spending time in my garden – priceless.
There is nothing more awesome than the wonder of seeing seeds sprouting into plants that will provide my family with food. I know from the very beginning, the process of growing, producing and consumption of our food. I do not use any chemicals in my gardens, only love and patience. Going to the stupidmarket (and restaurants for that matter) only makes me agitated and tense. There is no better feeling than at the end of the day to wander about in the garden with a glass of homemade ginger beer picking out the fresh vegies to have for dinner.
There is no cost comparision for me as it is personal preference to have fresh tasty foods with zero miles than buy food that has a sordid history!!!!!
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