If you’re not familiar with Gene Logsdon, Ohio native and lifelong farmer, you’ll want to get right out there and wallow in the rich soil of his work. He’s the author of dozens of books, each one deeply wise and entirely useful. Some of our favorites are The Contrary Farmer , Living at Nature’s Pace: Farming and the American Dream, and All Flesh Is Grass: Pleasures & Promises Of Pasture Farming. He’s written guides to growing berries, small-scale grain growing, even a book titled Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind.
I read his posts each week on his site, The Contrary Farmer, and enjoy every one. But this week’s post is too good not to share. It should go viral. It’s titled “Foodroom Gardening: No Rows, No Woes.” What he proposes is genius.
Each house, as he envisions it, would have a FoodRoom. It would be covered by a translucent roof that could be slid away during good weather. It would consist of garden beds the height of a tabletop where plants could grow year-round. No stooping or bending, no plants nibbled away by animals, no mosquitoes, no frost, no misery. It would provide an ongoing supply of fresh food with minimal effort while making us all just a little more self-reliant.
As Gene writes,
Just think what would happen when the furniture business got wind of the new foodrooms. They would outdo themselves over who could make the most comfortable bar stool to glide alongside the plants to make eye level weeding and harvesting even more convenient. And over the mantel of the typical American fireplace would not be a muzzle loader, but a hoe.
Please, go read his post. Then share it wherever you share great stuff.