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Larry    Posted 04-03-2002 at 09:50:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I was just rereading an article in the May/June 2001 "Small Farm Today" magazine. It was titled "Pewter Yesterday,Farming Today" by Dan Woley,Falcon Missouri.

There was one quote I would like to share with you.

"Most of us,for example,not only do not know how to produce the best food in the best way-we don"t know how to produce any kind in any way. Our model citizen is a sophisticate who before puberty understands how to produce a baby,but who at the age of thirty will not know how to produce a potato."
Farmer/Philosopher Wendell Berry.

I think that pretty much sums up what the people in our society is becomeing today.
Any thoughts?

tomatolord    Posted 04-04-2002 at 05:35:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Stop this insanity

This is how I make some extra cash!!!

People who have black thumbs!! They ask how my yard looks so nice and green and growing and theirs looks like a dessert.

I told 1 neighbor just do the exact opposite of what he was doing now :-)

They want me to set up their vegetable gardens because "the dont know how" at $200 a day cash it makes some good money

So please keep the city fold ignorant about how to plant even a blade of grass for my sake at least.....


PS, at least to me it feels good to do something instead of moving electrons around for a living.

I have 1 neighbor who likes to keep everything "natural" which means a wooded lot with just limbs and leaves and yard debris all over it. He claims that he has a natural biodiversied piece of property. I bet I have 10 times the plant and animal species on my "landscaped" area. I know my two boys enjoy seeing the praying mantis egg sacks hatch each year and then the joy of finding these wonderful hunters during the year.

Larry    Posted 04-04-2002 at 07:46:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I wouldn't worry if I was you. Even if most people (City Folk) wanted to grow thier own food they would be too lazy to stick with it for very long.

Tom A    Posted 04-04-2002 at 04:29:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yep, all true.

I've got my little farm, and have gardened all my life, but I work with a bunch of 'city folks.' It no longer surprises me, but it is very frequent that one or another will come to me (in private, 'cuz they don't want anybody to know how ignorant they are) and ask about:

1) Eggs. (Do you need a rooster. Where do they come from. How does it work etc)
2) Honey. (How much do you get from a hive. Do you get stung. How do you get the honey away from the bees. etc)
3) Goats. (Do they just give milk when they reach a certain age. How do you get milk. How do you process milk. etc)
4) Crops of all kinds. (How do potatoes grow. Do you think I can grow _____ in my garden etc).

Most of them are pretty clueless about where food comes from, but some at least realize it and would like to learn. I guess that's why some small farms are making a pretty good living renting out rooms by the week for city folks to come and work on a real farm...thought about doing that myself now that the kids are gone.


magpie    Posted 04-04-2002 at 10:25:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Tom Not a bad idea! city folks come and pull weeds, hoe, plant, milk the cow,clean out the barn and chickenhouse and then pay us for the privelage. Looks like a dadgum good idea to me!

Larry    Posted 04-04-2002 at 07:52:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]

It even surprises me that in our small rual community,which agriculture use to be the main industry,most people couldn't grow a garden if thier life depended on it. You would think they would have more respect for the farmer then they do. But,I guess as long as the grocery store was full of cheap food it doen't matter to them.

Les...fortunate    Posted 04-03-2002 at 18:03:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
A very excellent point well made.
I don't think much of Mr. Hank Williams Jr. but I do agree with the sentiments in his song "A Country Boy will Survive".

Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-03-2002 at 20:45:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Les if they got rid of some of the food banks people would learn how to raise food or get a job. It is to easy to just go to the store for so many people. It takes work to have a good garden but it is sure nice to go out and reap your harvest when it is ready to eat. Mark H.

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