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What Not to Wear, Farmer Edition

A reader, who asks to remain anonymous writes me that her graduate school boyfriend (soon hopefully to be fiance) has decided he wants a farm. He’s looking for jobs in rural areas, and wants them to buy land together. The boyfriend grew up in rural Albania and is apparently pretty comfortable in agriculture. My reader,…

On some level, all disasters are agricultural disasters. When seawater washes over land, when the earth cracks and collapses buildings, when livelihoods and lives are lost, farmers die and lose their jobs. It is easy to forget this, of course, but it is always true – and there’s something immensely sad about people loving a…

It is claiming I don’t have permission to embed it (I do, actually), so you can see the video here. I gave this talk back at the beginning of October, in my conference as a member of the ASPO-USA Board. This was only the second time that ASPO has had a significant talk about the…

Anti-Consumerist Gift Files: Donate!

In a perfect world, perhaps we’d all have already made our own homemade gifts for everyone, but most of us aren’t that perfect. Many of us need to acquire some gifts, and the challenge is how to spend our money well, in things that are valuable, lasting and worth having. Over the course of the…

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…

What Are You Breeding For?

Wendell Berry has an essay in which he argues that the greatest single evidence for the merits of British culture is that they developed sixty-five breeds of sheep: What does it mean that an island not much bigger than Kansas or more than twice the size of Kentucky should have developed sixty or so breeds…

Who Picked Those Veggies?

Hat tip to reader Abbie who pointed me to this video. When we talk about local and organic, one of the central things that often gets lost is this – who does the work? And how are they paid? And how do you change this so that they get paid fairly – because right now…

“No Till” is a confusing term. For most people who know nothing about agriculture, the word “till” isn’t particularly revealing – it sounds like there’s no cash register. Given that level of knowledge, when you are reassured that no tillage means less erosion, you aren’t going to crticize. Those with home gardens often know something…

A newly produced UN Report rightly points out, among other things, that the western model of meat and dairy production simply won’t work on a planet of 9 billion people. The report, which quantifies the basic unsustainability of affluent societies and the challenges facing us in satisfying needs we’ve spent a century creating and can’t…