When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. Isaiah 43:2

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Family Farming

As we prepare our "land" (like 1/10 of an acre) for planting veggies, fruits and legumes once again, we are intrigued by Thomas Jefferson's thoughts on the matter:

"I think our governments will remain virtuous for many centuries as long as the people are chiefly agricultural, and this will be as long as there shall be vacant lands in any part of America. When they get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, they will become corrupt as in Europe."

Jefferson to Madison

December 20, 1787

A Jeffersonian believes in...family agriculture. In Jefferson's time, more than ninety percent of the American people lived on sef-sufficiency farms. Today only two percent of the American people live on family farms, and most of them are Hamiltonian agri-producers rather than the sort of subsistence-plus farmers Jefferson had in mind.

Some of Jefferson's profoundest words were, "Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God, if ever He had a chosen people, whose breasts He has made His peculiar deposit for substantial and genuine virtue."

(quoted from Becoming Jefferson's People, Clay S. Jenkinson)

Plant something!!! You'll feel better for it I promise!


Janna said...

Love this! Any tips?

Rossie said...

Ohhh...I can't wait to plant! You all had quite the bounty last year!
You put that 1/10 of an acre to good use!!


Tip one: If you live in Bakersfield, make a raised bed with double dug soil and amend it like crazy. Our backyard Bakersfield "soil" was never intended to produce anything edible I am convinced of it...I don't know how all those ag people do it. Grimmway, if you read my blog--give us some tips!!

We are currently mid way through our broccoli and cauliflower growing and they are doing quite well--peas too. We are going to start sprouts indoors and the following at various times upcoming: squash (yellow and zucchini), cucumbers, cantaloupe, spinach, carrots, corn and tomatoes (which we are still strangly harvesting from last year's plantings!)

Tip two: Call the Garden Party radio show and ask a question--they'll send you Nutripacks which are the best time release fertilizers ever!