Small Farms Create More Jobs

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“All the ways being proposed to increase jobs right now are the same old methods that do not face the real cause of the dilemma. The awful truth is that we have created an economy that can’t afford people to do the work and so every year there are fewer meaningful jobs and more pretend jobs. Pretend jobs require pretend money.

All government really has to do is provide a level playing field where small intensive farming can compete fairly with large, heavily-subsidized, industrial farming and then stand back. A revolution will take place in new job creation and it will be in the right direction: more good food and a more stable society at a lesser overall cost.”

Read Gene Logsdon’s full post.

And if you aren’t familiar with Logsdon’s books, you’re really missing something. Here are just a few, packed with the kind of common sense that meets the definition of wisdom.

The Contrary Farmer   Logsdon offers an alternative to the decline of the family farm by explaining how to successfully engage in what he calls “cottage farming” part-time for enjoyment as well as profit.

Holy Shit: Managing Manure To Save Mankind  Logsdon, trenchant and humorous as always, makes an elegant case for wise use of what is now wasted. As with all his books, a worthy read.

All Flesh Is Grass: Pleasures & Promises Of Pasture Farming A terribly important and useful book covering the why’s and how’s of raising animals in a natural setting on their native diets.

Living at Nature’s Pace: Farming and the American Dream In a series of observations, for example, carefully calculating the efficiency of Amish farms, Logsdon predicts a rebirth of small-scale, profitable farms around the country using sustainable practices that will change the nation’s attitudes concerning agriculture.

Good Spirits: A New Look at Ol’ Demon Alcohol An entertaining, unusually holistic look at the role of alcohol.

You Can Go Home Again: Adventures of a Contrary Life As he describes his search for the good life, Logsdon upholds living simply, respecting the land, taking pleasure in self-reliance, and being neighborly.

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About Laura Grace Weldon

Laura Grace Weldon is a writer and editor, perhaps due to an English professor's scathing denunciation of her writing as "curious verbiage." She's the author of "Free Range Learning," a handbook of natural learning and "Tending," a poetry collection. (lauragraceweldon.com) She's working on her next book, "Subversive Cooking" (subversivecooking.com). She lives on Bit of Earth Farm where she is a barely useful farm wench. Although she has deadlines to meet she often wanders from the computer to preach hope, snort with laughter, cook subversively, talk to chickens and cows, discuss life’s deeper meaning with her surprisingly tolerant offspring, sing to bees, hide in books, walk dogs, concoct tinctures, watch foreign films, and make messy art.
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4 Responses to Small Farms Create More Jobs

  1. My goodness….Laura, I’ve gotten a bit lost wandering in different your blogs…what wonderful ideas you have and ways of expressing them….(btw..I’m from “dancing brightly”….you visited there and commented today : ) …so happy you enjoyed those ideas) …. I wonder if you have seen this post from my blog?…offered with the deepest and most sincere thanks to those of you who farm and provide healthy sustenance for others of us…. http://pocketperspectives.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/i-thank-the-farmer/ I look forward to exploring your blogs.

  2. I love the video. Did you make it?

    • Laura Weldon says:

      I love the video too. Ends on a good note. I have the video skills of a paper bag. If you click on the video itself it takes you back to You Tube, where the info on it reads:

      Coldplay’s haunting classic ‘The Scientist’ is performed by country music legend Willie Nelson for the soundtrack of the short film entitled, “Back to the Start.” Download the song now available on iTunes. Label and proceeds benefit The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation. http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-scientist-single/id458479961

      The film, by film-maker Johnny Kelly, depicts the life of a farmer as he slowly turns his family farm into an industrial animal factory before seeing the errors of his ways and opting for a more sustainable future. Both the film and the soundtrack were commissioned by Chipotle to emphasize the importance of developing a sustainable food system.

  3. nrhatch says:

    Here’s to creating a more sustainable future for people, animals, and planet!

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