Generation One - The Secret Garden

You are a young person in possession of many skills and blessings and yet you do not appreciate what you have instead valuing vanity and status. When your only surviving relative leaves you a large piece of land you are forced to live their and make a life from nothing… you must overcome bith adversity and your own selfish pride to make your life count for something.

  • Create a founder. They must have the snob trait. The rest is up to you.
  • Choose an empty lot. Install a mini fridge and sleeping bag and then set household funds to $100. Learn to be frugal.
  • You may only join the gardening career. Money may also be made by dumpster diving, collecting and fishing. You may sell your produce however you choose.
  • You may not invite over/become friends/ romantically involved with and other sim until you have successfully restored the barren land of your home (and your heart) into a beautiful garden. This may happen by any one of the following milestones being hit.
  1. You master gardening skill/reach level 10 gardening profession.
  2. You harvest 5 different perfect crops
  3. You earn enough from gardening that you have a fully decorated two storey house with full kitchen/bath/dining/double bedroom/kids room/TV & living room. 

Once you have overcome your selfish and materialistic ways and created a life from nothing you may live as you choose. Marry or don’t. Adopt or have a child to carry on the legacy. Enjoy the game!


One of our biggest hauls EVER! And so healthy. Including 36 boxes of blueberry´s. Some fruitarian days are coming up.

We could take 10x more than what we find dumpster diving now, but leave it because we just can’t eat it all. There is so much food going to waste it makes my head spin. Sometimes we hand things to strangers on the street or share it with friends. We used to leave things for other dumpster divers but found that there is so much food being thrown away that that is not necessary. If we empty 1 bin, the bin around the block will still be full.

We do use 95-100% of the things we find. Sometimes things go bad faster than we thought, but we have learned to be very inventive. We freeze, dry and juice things, make smoothies, jam, soups and sauces so things keep longer. We buy almost nothing at the supermarket anymore and have been eating healthy and a lot.


These photos are the choice cuts of some photos I found in a dumpster in Iowa City last year.  These pictures show a magic time in Bruce and Jennifer’s lives (names taken from the back of the photos), two young deadheads in love following the Grateful Dead around before settling down to raise a family.  I found these photographs tucked in with a bunch of papers detailing life insurance, but lets not paint a morbid picture here. 

Of interest is the last photo from a Grateful Dead concert.  Date and location unknown.

Restaurant owner leaves message for ‘dumpster diver’

A restaurant owner in Oklahoma is going above and beyond to help someone apparently in need of a meal.
According to KFOR, the owner of P.B. Jams recently noticed someone had been going through their trash, specifically food containers.
The woman says it broke her heart to know someone was “dumpster diving.” So instead of ignoring it, Ashley Jiron told KFOR she decided to do something about it.
“It hurt me that someone had to do that,” she told KFOR.
So Ashley put a sign outside her restaurant offering a free meal to whomever was eating food from the dumpster.
The sign read:
“To the person going through our trash for their next meal, you’re a human being and worth more than a meal from the dumpster. Please come in during business hours for a classic Pb&j, fresh veggies, and a cup of water at no charge. No questions asked. – your friend, the owner.”
Jiron told KFOR that no one has come in yet, and she’s not taking the sign down until the person takes her up on her offer.
Jiron told KFOR that a free meal is the least she can do for someone who is obviously down on their luck.
“I think we’ve all been in that position where we needed someone’s help and we just needed someone to extend that hand and if I can be that one person to extend that hand to another human being then I will definitely do it,” she said.