We Luddans are part-time farmers. All of us, men, women and children. Of course, this is partly because we love the rural lifestyle: the peace, the squeaky-fresh food, the easy pace of life that is one’s own. We love farming. Our children adore it!
But there are other reasons that go far deeper. We believe that all humans need to be involved with food and soil. Without it, we are cut off from the root of our existence on this planet. Without it, we are prey to political dispossession and mass-produced “illth foods” whose ghastly origins are better not contemplated. Without it, we are just dependent serfs whose touted freedoms stop short at the door of the locked warehouse.
Surely, among the skills needed for humanity to prosper into the future must be included the skills and the provident habits subsistence farming cultivates in its practitioners. We all must recapture the connection between our continued existence and the health of the soil. We value and honor work with the soil. Our children learn to grow food before they learn to read.
We are cottage farmers. We don’t farm to turn a profit or dream about making it big in cash cropping, although sometimes we sell our surplus. We farm to feed ourselves and our neighbors. We farm because it makes sense, and for the joy of it.
* Gene Logsdon’s writings. Here and here are a couple of good ones.
* A short but profound article on doing farming the right way.
* Granny Miller’s blog on the farming life and skills and lots of pictures along with opinionated posts. Many links to other interesting places.
* Foraging tips from people who know how.