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08 June 2010

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i cant stand the "getting back to the land" people who think it's fun and interesting or something when there are people who have been doing it for generations. idiots.

also, have you seen this? http://neglectedbooks.com/ i thought of you immediately for some reason...

(i suppose i could email these things to you, but i like to share)

I agree, Beth. This reminds of a few years ago, when a generation began to have children as if it was a new phenomenon. Then all the books about having children came out, too. People have been farming (I love C.R.'s distinction between "farming" and "gardening") for thousands of years. Don't get me started on chickens. I think it's great that people want to know where their eggs come from (but I would love a little energy into investigating factory chicken farms), but it's unfair to cities to bring unwanted roosters to the shelter as is they are pets. Either you raise chickens, including the necessary actions of taking care of boy chicks, or you buy eggs in the store. I have a friend who runs a farm animal rescue, and she gets calls all the time from the pound asking if she'll take more roosters. I bet she as twenty of them. And it's not as if they easily bond with each other.

Don't worry, Venta. Most excess NYC roosters end up turned loose or sacrificed in Santeria rituals, if my old neighborhood was representative. Sigh.

I've read a LOT of books about city mice moving to the country and taking up farming, but cannot for the life of me remember the names of the few that really capture the burden that they take on to do it right. I do enjoy Jane Brox, but she talks about the farm she grew up on and moved back to as an adult. Absolutely not the same thing.

Beth,
Well, in all fairness, I think he was doing it for an article/work rather than personal dogmas or anything, but it still seemed like a waste of resources to me.

I'm heading over to Neglected Books; thanks for the link!

Venta,
Tee hee. I suppose every generation has to think of something that it's just now discovering for itself. Like my generation had to discover "slacking"--as if there hadn't always been a certain degree of that around.

I'm with you on the chicken/rooster question. For one thing, I just don't want the responsibility of chickens, and I don't want to worry about roosters keeping up the neighbors. It's not like what any egg vendors charge you at the farmers' markets are going to bankrupt you.

And best of luck to your animal rescue friend. That's a tough job, and a lot of work.

Rachael,
Oh, my, chickens and rituals. I have the feeling you have some real NYC stories...

Why do we keep reading these things? (I must just not learn very fast.) That was my favorite thing about the Ableman book--he was just a guy who had been farming for a long time, who just wanted to tell the story of his farm. None of this flash in the pan stuff. I'd highly recommend it if you haven't read it yet.

I like Brox too, but I haven't read anything of hers in a long time. Might be time to revisit her. Thanks for the reminder!

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