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.
The holidays are a time that many people use for reading and planning what they’re going to read in the new year. So I thought I would share some of the books with you that are favorites on my bookshelf and some recommended by guests on our Food Leaders Webinar Series.
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.
Recently, our friends blessed us with a ton of extra squash from their abundant garden. I sautéed a lot of it for dinner, froze some for future meals, and steamed some. As I was working on a picture of it for my recipe blog, I wondered, “What’s so healthy about squash?” I mean, we pick it from our gardens, so it must be pretty healthy. So, what are the health benefits of squash?
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’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.
One thing that could help promote a better sense of stewardship in our hearts is taking a walk around the farm. The goal of the walk should not be to dwell on the work you need to do on the farm, but rather to simply walk the farm with its Owner. Apparently God walked with Adam, the first steward, in the garden of Eden. And I think the Lord would enjoy walking with us around the farms He has given us.
Our farm is very wet and has standing water in most areas from spring till freeze up. Its almost impossible to grow good potatoes here. I had thought about trying to grow them in vertical towers but decided against it because we would need such a large number of them to grow any decent amount of potatoes. This year I decided to try growing them above ground under a heavy hay mulch. Here is the process we used…
Composting. It’s one of the most wonderful and mysterious processes in God’s creation. A sign of our mortality and yet a giver of life. The deep thoughts could continue for a while, but you want to know about power tools, right?