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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Looking ahead

Garden blog? What garden blog? First it snowed again, but at least did not go below zero (F) again, then there was an ice storm, then branches and trees crashing down, then temperature up to 55F but raining hard. I stay in a lot. I eat soup a lot.

Our big oak threw down four branches that look to be in the thousand pound range, but none of them hit the house. For us that's a boon (we can put the fences back up with ease after firewooding) but across the street the neighbors will be rebuilding their shop from scratch.

A friend lost her garage when two mature cottonwoods smashed right down through it, with a noise that damaged her hearing, and also wrecked the roof of the house behind hers. I brought over some tools, since they can't get into the garage through the damaged doors, then brought home some of the wood that had been piled by the curb. There was a break in the weather, so I made a loose woodpile and began adding to it by cutting up ash and maple branches that had fallen in our driveway. It was my first decent outdoor work since about December 10. As the rainstorm began, I closed up the saw job and went to sit by the fire, watching the creek rise through the big dining room window. Then I gathered together some blog posts I've been making and produced this little thing, using a pic from, admittedly, our best farming year here at Stony Run, 2009:

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An attempt to meld the Buddhist Eightfold Path with Permaculture's twelve principles as formulated by David Holmgren and others. By the author of Starvation Ridge.

To, you know, encourage folks. Myself included ...

We've had some aggravation, but nothing like the eastern U.S., Australia, England, Ireland, Brazil, and a hundred other places, neh? From here on in, getting in crops will be more and more unusual, I think. I know city folks often don't think about this much, but to eat you must eat things that are either alive or have lived. What do you think that means in the midst of the sixth great extinction?

Ironically, if there's any future left, it's probably in the hands of farmers. No, not the ten-thousand-acre kind.

This kind.

So says an urgent report from the United Nations:
They show a rather large and rather plowed field on the cover, which is too bad, but don't let that put you off.

The UNCTAD argues that farming must return to small scale production for food security, water security, carbon security, and climate security. That sounds like a worthwhile endeavor to me. Interested? But don't own land? There are many ways to get involved; here's one.


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