Lydia Harvey

Lydia's friend Phillip.

Back to Basics: Inspiring a community movement

This week we meet a couple of people who were so inspired by our columnist Lydia Harvey’s journey to become supermarket and mass consumerism free that they joined her.

Back to Basics: Getting through a year without groceries and the online bullying that follows

This week our columnist Lydia Harvey talks about the perils of sharing your life online.

Back to Basics: The grass is greener - living the simpler life in rural New Zealand

Lydia Harvey has taken her no more supermarket challenge to the next level by upping stakes and moving to a new property to live the simpler life.

Back to Basics: Surviving the wild wet spring to get a bumper summer harvest

This week our columnist Lydia Harvey shows us how to grow plants during a very wet spring.

Back to Basics: Composting -breaking it down for your garden

It's simple to convert your waste into compost.

Lydia's organic garden.

Back to Basics: Growing a garden the organic way

Not all gardens are created equal and some can be rather toxic, writes our columnist Lydia Harvey.

Lydia's home made cleaning products.

Back to Basics: Cutting the chemicals from your household

This week our columnist Lydia Harvey shows us that we don't have to buy every cleaning product on offer to keep a clean house.

Back to Basics: No room for a garden? Not a problem

This week our columnist Lydia Harvey shows us that it's not as hard as it seems to start a garden - even when you don't have a lot of space.

Back to Basics: First it was goodbye to the supermarket, now it's goodbye to consumerism

"One thing we've learned from opting out of the supermarket life earlier this year is that we gained a desire to do more."

Back to Basics: Let's get ready for the summer harvest

It may still be cold and miserable outside, but our columnist Lydia Harvey is already thinking of spring.

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Lydia Harvey and her family are trying to do what seems utterly impossible – live off their backyard for one whole year.

Back to Basics: How do you get through winter without going to the supermarket?

The Harvey family garden has hardly grown during the winter months, and egg laying is almost non-existent, so how have they avoided the supermarket?

Lydia's daughter baking on her school holidays.

Back to Basics: We survived the school holidays

This week our columnist Lydia Harvey talks about surviving the school holidays even when life throws you a few curve balls.

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Lydia Harvey and her family are trying to do what seems utterly impossible – live off their backyard for one whole year.

Back to Basics: Growing your own food is like printing your own money

Our columnist Lydia Harvey reveals the benefits of not spending any money at the supermarket.

Back to Basics: How to organise a healthy lunch box for school

This week our columnist Lydia Harvey gives some helpful tips on tackling that daily task parents wish they could avoid - packing the school lunch box.

Back to Basics: We were prepared for bad weather not illness

Our columnist Lydia Harvey opens up about the challenges of being diagnosed with epilepsy.

Back to Basics: We gave up the supermarket and we're doing better than ever

Our columnist Lydia Harvey reflects on what going supermarket free for six months has meant for her family.

Back to basics: Getting the kids out of the house and into the garden

When children are connected to the food, chances are they will be happy to chow down on a plate of home-grown goodness.

Back to Basics: How to ditch the plastic habit

Our columnist Lydia Harvey gives us her tips on reducing the build-up of plastic in your home and ditching that plastic habit.

Back to Basics: How to eat seasonally and save money during winter

Our columnist Lydia Harvey has some tips for eating healthy food without bursting the budget.

Back to Basics: Five easy steps to easing the addiction of shopping at the supermarket

This week our columnist Lydia Harvey gives her top tips to shopping fresh and local.

Gardening with Lydia's children.

Back to Basics: How we have managed to produce zero waste

Our columnist Lydia Harvey's little challenge has grown into a bigger lifestyle challenge with her family significantly reducing their waste.

Lydia says her children are excited to learn where their food comes from.

Back to Basics: No it's not child abuse and yes our children love living off the land

Our columnist Lydia Harvey shares the lows of sharing your lifestyle choices online.

Lydia Harvey's free food stand

Back to Basics: How our family's small backyard project turned into a community one

Our Kiwi supermarket-free family's small backyard project is changing the local community for the better.

The Harveys' garden is a pile of mud following the heavy downpours.

Seeing out the storm: Our Back to Basics Kiwi family is back to square one after garden turns to mud

Our columnist Lydia Harvey is among the thousands of people who have borne the brunt of the wild weather that's struck the country.

Winter is coming! And I'm nervous - Whanganui family prepares for the cooler months ahead without the supermarket

Our columnist Lydia Harvey and her family are preparing to head into winter solely relying on the produce of their garden.

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Lydia Harvey and her family are trying to do what seems utterly impossible – live off their backyard for one whole year.

The lure of the supermarket remains, even if you've vowed to give it up for good

Our columnist Lydia Harvey's willpower was tested when her children were hungry after an exhausting hiking trip.

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