About Us

Hello, and welcome to our blog!  We're a couple (with three kids) in our early-mid thirties trying to reduce our impact on this miracle we call Earth.  We really only started on this journey about two and a half years ago.  Our landscaping business in Dallas, TX began to flounder in the wake of the economic downturn of 2008.  Jason decided to go back to school to finish college and get a Masters in Landscape Architecture.  We moved to Arlington, TX about 20 miles west of Dallas, to be closer to his school.  One of the earliest posts he wrote explains it here.  However, for various reasons, namely the energy sieve of a house we were renting near school, and the vacancy in Dallas of a tiny rental property we owned, only five months later we were forced to move back to Dallas.  Living in Arlington we began to face a myriad of questions regarding our purpose here on Earth and how to best be stewards of the land.  It was the beginning of a quest we continue on today.

Just a few of the things we've done to try and lessen our impact on the planet since about January 2010:
We want this blog to be an open forum everyone can benefit from.  We do not profess to know everything about sustainability and are a constant work in progress.  As of November 2010 we still own two cars - and pretty much use them both every day.  However, one is about to be put on the market and we're going to try to make it as a one car family of five (and all at 5 different schools might I add!).  Wish us luck with that!  We also hope to one day own more land.  Our current 50x125 shaded suburban lot feels woefully inadequate for what we want to accomplish.  We'd love to own about 5 acres.  Hopefully in a few years we can make that a reality.     

If you have any questions, comments, or ideas for posts, please email us at whatpigsdontknow@gmail.com.  We'd love to hear from you!

Thanks for taking the time to peruse our site.  We hope you enjoy it!
-Jason & Carrie Lackey


  1. Hey Great Action Plan----
    I love what you are doing first and second, sharing to validate, inspire others, keep the information rolling. If you are interested in sustainable/low maintenance/edible landscapes for all kinds you and your very fortunate spa-chickens please check out permaculture. Sooo many resources and like minded folks. Enjoyed your site. Carol

  2. What Pigs Don't KnowJuly 27, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Hi Carol - thanks for visiting! I have checked out books from the library on permaculture, and completely agree with the premise of it all. However, I can't think of anything we've really done here yet that I would officially place under the "permaculture" approach. I hope to take a class on permaculture within the next year to learn about it in a more hands-on setting. -Carrie