Every House Needs A FoodRoom


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.


About Laura Grace Weldon

Laura Grace Weldon is the author of four books and served as 2019 Ohio Poet of the Year. She's the editor of Braided Way: Faces & Voices of Spiritual Practice. She works as a book editor, teaches writing workshops, and maxes out her library card each week.
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7 Responses to Every House Needs A FoodRoom

  1. clanton1934 says:

    Great Idea. I shared it on FB. May I reblog it? c

  2. katechiconi says:

    You’ve given me an idea for using my sun porch… It gets sun all day long, it has glass louvres on three sides, and I could install benches along the outer walls, under the windows… Only problem is, I can’t keep out the insects, as the louvres aren’t screened. And it does get very, very hot in there in the summer – I think I’d need to use it for winter gardening only.

    • You do plenty of summer gardening outdoors, but it would be lovely to have fresh lettuces and peas in the winter wouldn’t it?

      • katechiconi says:

        I’m already growing tomatoes, zucchini and fresh sage and basil outside; winter here is spring weather for you, I suspect. Our problem here is excess humidity leading to sooty mould, and of course the monster insects – huge grasshoppers and ant-farmed aphids in particular.

  3. Ugh to monster insects…

  4. clanton1934 says:

    Reblogged this on charles rogers home page and commented:
    This would be better than our Farmer’s Market.

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