We are currently a family of 3, with a fourth on the way in Feb. 2011. Our 2 1/2 year old boy is already enjoying the garden and is preparing for a career as a Zamboni driver. The wife really likes eating fresh, nutritious food. The husband really likes satisfying pathetic post-apocalyptic thought experiments.
Both husband and wife enjoy sticking it to consumption-based corporations by participating in their games as little as it possible. Neither wife, nor husband like the rat-race and prefer to spend as little time (in an office) working. The husband is a social worker. The wife is presently telecommuting to a great, flexible IT job, but fancies herself a librarian or art educator. Both husband and wife value experiences over possessions and like second-hand stuff.
We are permaculture enthusiasts. We eat locally whenever possible and support local businesses over chains even though a premium is sometimes paid in terms of price. We like unions and think trickle-down is what happens when you can't get to a bathroom.
Our suburb is pretty funky. It's got a nice walkable grid layout. Lots of tiny shops. GLBT friendly. Public transportation sucks. Biking is becoming more commonplace. The co-op preschool that we just joined is really fun! City finances are crappy, just like everywhere else with increasing fees and decreasing revenues.
Husband's family had a garden growing up, but it was pesticide heavy. Wife's family has history as Upper Peninsula homesteaders. Husband's family has history of farming, but mostly monoculture and gardening. Wife's family loves hunting and fishing.