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The Realistic Farm Tour

One of the projects we’re working on is ways to bring more people to our farm. A lot of folks want to see what we’re doing, and we’ve been contemplating open farm days, and possible ideas for classes we might teach. Well, while Eric and I were discussing it the other night, we came up…

How Expensive is Food, Really?

This is a lightly revised and updated version of a piece that ran at ye olde blogge and at Grist, but it seems just as pertinent now as it did in 2007 when I wrote it. At the time, some people doubted that the boom we were seeing in biofuel production, which was pushing up…

Is It a Farm Yet?

I once wrote an essay about my son Isaiah’s wish for a farm. He has a farm, of course, but he also dreams of a different one, the one in his imagination. What was funny was that all the adults that saw his wish understood it so very well. Many people tell me how much…

And It Is Back…

The Food Crisis, of course. In fact it really never left – since 2007 we’ve had more hungry people on the planet than ever before in human history, and while we’ve seen brief declines in the numbers of the hungry worldwide, those declines were of such short duration that they were essentially meaningless – earlier…

The Future of Cities

Liz Borkowski of The Pump Handle and I are doing a series this week on the future of urbanization. Given that just about half the world’s population now lives in cities, and that almost all projected demographic growth (we will come back to whether the UN’s projections on this subject are realistic in a post…

Thinking Thanksgiving II: Cycles

If you want to make a traditional Thanksgiving dinner wholly from scratch, you start ahead of time. If you want to make it from food you’ve raised yourself, you start way, way ahead of time – like in January of the year before. In some ways, it starts even earlier, but January is the new…

Part I : Defining a functional local food system We got a supermarket in the springtime, and much has been made of that in my area. Many of the area’s people rhapsodized about it – one woman told me she’d been waiting 15 years. It is about 8 miles from my house (compared to 13…

It is pouring down rain – Tropical Storm Nicole is dumping 5 inches on us – and the dogs are barking out of control. I can’t see a thing in the storm, but I suddenly realize what they must be barking at – I forgot to put Blackberry in the barn. Blackberry, you see, is…

Restoration

In some ways, we may be fortunate that the house we chose falls in a middle place in time – old enough to have character and beauty and a kind of solidity, new enough that we don’t feel compelled to restore it to a past moment in time. Nor do I worry too much about…

Armchair Farming

Phil-the-Housemate asked me recently for advice on getting his dissertation done. He’s ABD, and having a tough time getting down to it. Asking me seems odd to me – I eventually baled about 1/2 way through my doctoral dissertation, due to a combination of childbearing, agriculture, slackdom and change of focus. But I did write…