I am not only impressed with what you have accomplished, but with your non-commercial, “roll up your shirt sleeves” pass-it-on approach.
Over the last two years there’s been a surge in urban food production and raising citified farm animals. That’s the good news. The bad news that there’s been a backlash. Why? Because folks aren’t following one simple rule – the golden rule. We’ll talk about this unfortunate growing problem (unkempt food in the front yard, discarded animals in shelters) in a future post.
Another somewhat unsettling trend that we are seeing is what farming friend referred to as “green status.” Folks shelling out green to be green – even to the point where they are hiring folks to plant, raise and harvest food for them.
Here’s a recent article > Farmers-for-Hire: The New Status Symbol?
For one thing, this service isn’t cheap. Our question is, if the money runs out will folks be able to take care of their own gardens – themselves?
We know that folks need a bit of help now and again, but we like to see folks “get down and dirty” on their own. Why pay somebody to get “farm hands” (like those in the photo) when you can get your own. That’s just buying your way up another ladder.
What do you think? Does it take “green to be green?” What do you think about this latest “Farmer for Hire” business trend.
Running a for-profit business vs encouraging people develop alternatives to consumerism — how do the economics of urban homesteading/farming work out?
For the Record
Remember that TV piece from the Food Network that aired just a bit ago? It was a pretty neat little piece but there’s a slight problem. Folks seem to think we hit the big time selling our produce and canned goods to Whole Foods, etc. To be honest that came as bit of a shock to us too! You see, that’s not entirely true. It’s true we hosted these guests and the chefs did whip up a dinner from the garden using the cob and solar ovens but you have to remember it’s TV and we are NOT selling or ever going to sell to Whole Foods, etc. We haven’t sold out and are only selling locally – via our front porch farmstand.
Hope that clear things up for the record.
Have a great holiday everyone and hope ya’ll are digging in the dirt getting your gardens in gear for summer!