When we moved to the Methow Valley over twelve years ago we were vegetarians, a choice we made in response to America’s feed lots. Suddenly surrounded by sustainable agriculture and organic farms, and a desire to understand and support our local economy, we embarked on a strict year-long 100 mile diet. Our goal was, through purchasing only food and artifacts grown and made locally, to become knowledgeable about our community, teach our daughter about where her food came from, and shrink our overall footprint. The one time we bought food (a bag of oranges) from outside the area was when our daughter was struggling with a severe cold and we were all eager for a hefty dose of vitamin C.
In the end, what we learned is how easy it can be to maintain a healthy and enriching lifestyle without venturing far from home. Our “diet” inspired countless table conversations with the themes of handmade, homegrown, environmental impact, humanitarian animal husbandry, child labor, etc. To this day our daughter creates the gifts that she gives. She turns over everything that she purchases to determine where it was made. She generally chooses handmade and secondhand versus manufactured.
I made these kale earrings with this story in mind. Definitely meant to make a statement, they hang 3" in length and are 1.3" at their widest point. They are one of a kind.