When Your Husband Learns What 'Crunchy' Means.


A word with a couple definitions.

Up until a few month ago John thought 'crunchy' was an adjective used to describe tortilla chips and and his work jeans after wearing them for too long between washes.

The homestud, however, was quick to learn that 'crunchy' is also a way of life. In fact, Urban Dictionary has a pretty solid definition:

I think the kicker for John - you know, the thing that really solidified that we are crunchy folk - was when I was digging for a few quart mason jars before a trip to the food co-op. When he realized I wanted to put our bulk granola (of all things…) and popcorn in a reusable jar instead of a plastic produce sack, it dawned on him.

Once it clicked, he was able to rattle off a bunch of our crunchy practices and beliefs:

  1. We make our own cleaning supplies and laundry soap, and haven't purchased dryer sheets in years
  2. We have 6 raised garden beds, a bit of edible landscaping, and backyard chickens. Nearly every meal on our table features a dish or ingredient produced in our backyard. 
  3. We harvest rainwater for our gardens in our fourteen rain barrels that John made me for Valentine's Day a few years back. Because who wants to pay for treated city water, which is damaging to plants anyway? 
  4. We like celebrating with friends and family, where fellowship and food are the focus. Especially when the food is homegrown and/or homemade. 
  5. Before throwing anything out, we look for a new way to breathe new life into that item. 
  6. We recycle and compost more of our 'waste', rather than taking it to the landfill. We have a cute compost bucket by our door for food scraps that will go to the chickens or the compost bin. Our large recycle bin sits just outside the back door for easy disposal of our recyclables.
  7. We barter. Eggs for honey trade with the garbage man? Sure! Eggs for chocolate barter with the owner of our local chocolate shop? You bet! Neighbor man wants to trade deer meat for eggs? Let's do it! Bartering is a lost action, and something we're totally into. 
  8. We share with neighbors and spread the word about urban farming and sustainable living at every chance. Initially, people think we're a little crazy (something I secretly enjoy…), but more often than not, we make new friendships. 

Now, not everything in our bubble adheres to that aforementioned 'crunchy' definition. We're not vegetarian or vegan, but we consider ourselves crunchy because we're sustainably-minded. I like Urban Dictionary's second, more brief definition better:

And that, my friends, is a simple definition that we can all appreciate.

What makes you crunchy? Leave a comment!

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  1. All the repurposing and upcycling I do!!!!

  2. We have 3 sets of compost bins in our house. One for the chickens (aka "the girls"). What they can't eat (onions, banana peels, etc) goes into the bin that's taken out to our outdoor compost bins. And, what we don't want in our bins (meat scraps, woody vegetation, etc) goes into the city compost bin (it's a new service in our city). Between the compost and recycle bins, we have very little in our trash can.

    We also have a 1,000 gallon cistern under our back patio (built with permeable pavers) that's filled with water from our roof that is then used to water our garden. Most of the grass on our 1/3 acre lot has been torn up to make room for fruits and veggies which are also interspersed with other plants throughout our yard.

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