When I started looking at farming from a net value perspective, I suddenly had to get really honest with myself. I couldn’t measure my success solely by my production—that was the commodity mindset. Instead, I had to pay equal attention to my consumption. I had gone some distance down this road by switching to whole, organic heritage grain and growing my own locally adapted fruit and dryland vegetables. I no longer used chemical fertilizer or herbicide, and on my dryland farm we had never used irrigation. But I was still a major consumer of a commodity far more destructive than my conventional wheat had ever been: fossil fuel.