This book has much useful information and ideas that can help you gain a greater level of independence on fairly small areas of land. Obviously, no one can have total self-sufficiency on a 1/4 acre but the author of this book grows 80% of his family of three’s food on just that much land.
Today, January 11th is National Milk Day. When milk started being delivered in sterlized glass bottles in 1878 that was a big deal. National Milk Day was established to commemorate this event every January 11th. Most people in America today drink pasteurized milk. The down side-the milk is dead. The enzymes and cultures are changed, the calcium is changed and the protein structure is damaged. Many people have trouble with dairy these days and much of that comes from the pasteurization which alters the proteins and changes the composition of the milk. What are you drinking?
As the American holiday of Thanksgiving is celebrated we often will hear some bit of the story of the Pilgrims and their “First Thanksgiving.” Regrettably, their story is often boiled down to the basics and we lose some of its fullness. Here I want to flesh out a small part of the story concerning the Pilgrims’ work in agriculture.
Industrial agriculture and modern culture have drastically changed the way that we deal with food. A combination of factors related to our broken food system are yielding a serious crisis that will effect everyone on earth. While there is much power in the entrenched interests that support the food system, the fundamental power is with you, the consumer. Learn what these problems are and how you are the key to solving them.
USDA is distributing millions in aid to new farmers and ranchers, designed to entice a young workforce to enter the farming occupation, specifically to establish themselves within the developing sustainable niche. This aid is not the support young farmers should desire, nor is it the redemption the USDA craves. The solution is the farmer and his field, free from the tyranny of government regulation and unadulterated by government handouts.
We’d like to congratulate Joel Salatin, his family, and the team at Polyface Farm for making it to today: 30 years of full time farming by Joel at Polyface! Here’s a short note from Joel about the surprise the Polyface crew gave him and reflecting on what 30 years means.
Intentionally focusing on eating local is all about understanding the source of our food in an effort to make choices that are more healthy for our bodies, the land, and our local economy.
Why farm? Why choose a profession and lifestyle that runs against a cultural tide of sharply dressed, well groomed talking heads, who preach the advantages offered by fancier, cleaner, and more lucrative careers? American culture may claim to romanticize agrarian life, but the romance is less than legitimate. The answer lies with the changing ideas of American food philosophy, what I would call a purpose-driven understanding of the role of food and American food suppliers in culture.
We think food is someone else’s responsibiliity until we are ready to eat it. So said Joel Salatin in Folks, This Ain’t Normal. In Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser said that Americans know less about food than we do about celebrities and cars, but we spend more on fast food than on entertainment, education, media, literature, and personal technology combined.
We’re very excited about the upcoming Reformation of Food and the Family Conference in San Antonio, Texas July 12-14. True Food Solutions will have a booth there and we look forward to engaging many likeminded reformers in discussions about the challenges and solutions we’re finding as we work to transition away from the modern industrial food economy to a more natural and sustainable food system.