When I first arrived here in Montana, Stone kept talking about being a Freegan.  MyCrippled Creek Micro Farm initial thoughts were that a Freegan was someone who was a hoarder and possibly used some of their acquisitions for future projects.  After several years of hearing about Freegans, I finally Googled it.  I was greeted with this openning statement.  “Freeganism is the practice of reclaiming and eating food that has been discarded. ”  OH HELL NO!  That is what the chickens are for.

Our version of Freeganism is less…militant?

An example of how we practice our form of Freeganism:

A guy we know had some old tires he wanted to get rid of without having to pay anything.  We wanted some tires that we didn’t have to pay for.  He got rid of his tires for FREE, and we got our tires for FREE.  Freeganism.

We only throw away things that can not be used again.  We don’t have piles of stuff laying all over the yard.  Our shed is somewhat organised and we keep sections of old fencing, bailing twine off bails of straw, T-posts that most people would have retired years ago, and other little pieces of stuff that we will end up using.  Freeganism.

My definition of Freeganism: Using and reusing items until they are of no use to anyone.  Doing things yourself instead of paying someone to do them for you.  Barter.  Trade.  Gardening.  Raising your own critters for food and profit.

I’m sure the list is exhaustive, but I think you get the idea.  So, instead of going out and buying that wonderful new widget, look around and see if you happen to have the parts needed to build that widget yourself.

There is NO dumpster diving going on here at CCMF.