..frugal & green.

Dwight K. Schrute…the alpha-male, science fiction loving beet farmer/sales manager extraordinaire (and, don’t forget, the assistant “to the” regional manager) on the hit TV series the Office is not your ordinary, touchy-Greeny type of guy.  However, Dwight is keenly interested in beet farming and working the land.  As his blog post “Beets and me” on Schrute-Space indicates, he even enjoys getting up every morning (along with his cousin Mose) to physically taste the dirt on his farm.  As Dwight notes:  “Each day at dawn, Mose and I go to various points of the farm and taste the dirt.  Literally.  You can tell the PH and what I call the ‘loam factor’ with different parts of the tongue.  Come to Schrute farm at dawn and you will see the silhouettes of two lanky German farmers swirling dirt in their mouths as if it was a fine wine.”

Here are a couple of ways we can learn from Dwight’s Frugality & Green thinking.  The quotes & ideas below are from a blog post on Cheap, healthy, Good.

DWIGHT: “My grandfather left me a 60-acre working beet farm. I run it with my cousin Mose. We sell beets to the local stores and restaurants. It’s a nice little farm …
DWIGHT MEANS: Buy local.
Food that’s shipped from nearby tastes better, is better for you, and is easier on the environment.

DWIGHT SAYS: “Yes, I have decided to shun Andy Bernard for the next three years, which I’m looking forward to. It’s an Amish technique; it’s like slapping someone with silence. I was shunned from the age of 4 until my 6th birthday, for not saving the excess oil from a can of tuna.”
DWIGHT MEANS: Save leftovers, or suffer the terrible consequences.

Not only is Dwight Green & Frugal, but he is also into change and the future.  He is optimistic & full of self-confidence (& sometimes over-confidence).  Here are some of my favorite quotes from Dwight on facing fear and the future (also from the Cheap, healthy, good post).

DWIGHT SAYS: “I do not fear the unknown. I will meet my new challenges head-on, and I will succeed, and I will laugh in the faces of those who doubt me.”
DWIGHT MEANS: You don’t know unless you try.

DWIGHT SAYS: [to Toby’s daughter] “Hello, tiny one. YOU ARE THE FUTURE!”
DWIGHT MEANS: Teach your children well.

Photo Credit goes to libraryman