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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Encouraging sustainable living

April 11, 2014

From Alison Buehler, Starkville

Editor,

I just got back from an incredible weekend in Meridian, Mississippi. Go Green Meridian, a chapter of Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of Mississippi, hosted the 5th Annual Sustainable Living Conference: Growing Health, Sustaining Wellness. The conference brought up some thoughts on my family’s life in Mississippi. My husband was born here and has lived here his entire life, minus a few years in Tennessee during his residency. I grew up in Tennessee and came here as a transplant, but it is home to my entire family now. In the last eight years Mike, our three children, and myself have made some pretty big changes in the way we live. 

My first thoughts after attending Gaining Ground’s Conference this year affirmed our family’s move toward sustainable living. This eight year journey is moving us in the right direction. Living on a modern homestead with pigs and chickens, trying to grow our own food, and find natural living solutions feels a bit lonely at times. Despite the agricultural history of our state, and do it yourself sensibilities, we are odd ducks! Being among an entire conference of people who know how important these shifts are affirms our beliefs about what it takes to make a good life. 

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