My name is Rebecca Simpson, and Suburban Stone Age is my sustainable living project. I founded Suburban Stone Age in February 2011, the day I brought home my first flock of baby chicks. Home base is a 9,000 sq./ft. suburban tract home, located in Southern California. My family and I raise our own fruits and vegetables, in addition to keeping hens for eggs, fertilizer, bug control, and entertainment. We also practice self-sufficiency, utilizing our small property to provide for as many of our daily needs as possible.
Suburban Stone Age is a blog about our adventures proving sustainability works, by implementing ideas to help build a more sustainable modern life. I believe in learning by doing, and then sharing that information with you. By sharing knowledge, together we can re-learn sustainable skills and pass along this heritage to future generations.
Great ideas come from everywhere – past, present, and future. The information at Suburban Stone Age is divided into three categories, the Stone Age, the Agricultural Age, and the Information Age. As I began my journey, I found that many ideas for sustainable living were in fact from the past, good practices that have withstood the test of time. There are also many great ideas happening in our modern age, and incorporating them can help us find a new way forward. By combining and implementing innovations from all three ages, we can take the best of the best and build a more sustainable modern life.
How We Are Organized
Ideas from the Stone Age often center around meeting our most basic human needs – needs that include such things as food, shelter, water, fire, and our relationship to our natural world. The Stone Age reminds us that we are still able to build a comfortable life for ourselves with our own two hands and using the simple materials nature has provided. Topics include: emergency preparedness, natural disasters, primitive skills, bushcraft, survival skills, wildlife, native plants, and biodiversity.
In an age of giant commercial agribusinesses, monoculture in farm fields, globalization, and the extensive use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, it is easy to wonder where your food came from and how it was grown. Suburban Stone Age was founded with the idea that by growing your own food at home and farming a small piece of land using traditional sustainable agricultural practices, it would be possible to be more self sufficient, reduce the reliance on fossil fuels used in the production and transportation of food, and provide the family with an abundance of ultra-fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Along the way, by providing an environment free from chemical fertilizers and pesticides, a wholesome and diversified ecosystem is developed, enriching the lives of all creatures who call Suburban Stone Age home. By implementing Agricultural Age ideas, a simple tract home can transform sun, soil, air, and water into something sustainable – and special. Topics include: organic gardening, permaculture, composting, urban farming, suburban homesteading, backyard chickens, growing your own food, eating locally, supporting local farmers, sustainable agriculture, urban beekeeping, backyard orchards, food storage, and edible landscaping.
Technology from Information Age can make important contributions to sustainability. Sometimes modern problems require modern solutions. Our job as the present citizens of the earth is to use modern technology to bridge the past with the future – and leave this planet better than we found it for future generations. Topics include: solar power, wind power, renewable energy, recycling, conserving energy, reducing the carbon footprint, and journaling.
Our mission statement can be summed up in a few short words:
Suburban Stone Age is proving sustainability works by looking to the past as well as the future. Our goal: to combine the technologies of the Stone Age, Agricultural Age, and Information Age to build a more sustainable modern life.
We hope you enjoy your stay here and join us in our adventures!