So this world is not doing so well. There is obviously something wrong when I can buy a garden cart, made in China, packaged in China, shipped over here, transported by 3 different trucks from North Carolina, to my doorstep for less money than it takes me to just buy the wheels and plywood. So since it was so cheap I bought two.
Actually, I bought a male and female cart, and I am hoping that something beautiful will happen. (Oh, one of those iddy biddy red flyer carts would be so cute!)
So in order to have an organic farm you need livestock. Now I personally love animals, they are delicious for one thing and some make good company. So the idea is to hatch out chickens and raise those. Bought an incubator and borrowed one to let someone else try. Yesterday I started hearing the tjiep tjiep in the incubator, and an egg here and there with a little hole in it. Excitement. Well throughout the night the cats got really excited too and pulled the incubator off the counter. So I was able to rescue two and a half really cold 1 hour chicks. One of them will be called Elvis for sure. So, I will just go and get some more eggs from the chicken coop and put them in the incubator for I have learned that yes, this is doable. Even if you put the eggs in the fridge for a week, even if the temperature adjustment on the incubator isn't optimal and you try and fry them in the egg, at 110 degrees for a bit, even if the humidity runs dry because you forget water, they can still hatch. But I will have to cancel the hatching party for tonight.
Reading the National Geographic I was introduced to this word: Antropocene. It was actually coined by a Dutch guy, Paul Crutzen, to describe a new epoch. Pleistocene, Holocene, and now at the end of the Holocene we have gone into the time when it's not an ice age but rather a time period where a billion years later a geologist will have some explaining to do.. Humankind will have left an imprint, we came and we went without a single bent. I am an optimist by nature but a pessimist with regards to the world and as we know the world it will come to a screeching halt. I don't say that with a hope, no! It just happens to be that I see that the emperor wears no clothes. Here is Dubai: a few million living in the desert. No water, no food, just a bit of oil.
In 1973/74 E.F. Schumacher wrote this little book called Small is Beautiful. Time Magazine called it one of the 100 most influential books of the twentieth century. And when I read it 40 years later, in the middle of a world that has gone completely off the rails, I can see why. I never imagined that a dry economic treatise could be so enthralling. Just some random quotes: "There can be "growth" towards a limited objective, but there cannot be unlimited, generalised growth. Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not for every man's greed".
He questions things that we take for granted: e.g. The belief that the soundest foundation of peace would be universal prosperity. Have you ever seen a society that says: Halt we have enough? There is none... And yet earths gastank is running a little lower. I'll get back to it. P.s. small is beautiful doesn't apply to everything.
Guess it really is going to happen.
Joey and I bought this here ya place in 1997 and right off the bat, the engine fell out. The pursuit of happiness... took me a while to find my mojo back and then I worked in Columbia for 6 years, not conducive to farming. I call it farming because I got a sexy John Deere, but in reality it has always been an expensive hobby. Then 3 years going to school to become a nurse and work for the hospital in town, not conducive either to a serious garden.
But last year I got the grant for the high tunnel, and that took some more money and all of a sudden it is becoming for real. Found a young whippersnapper guy named Dylan who is gungho to do something here. And maybe it may just happen. Setting the bar low for money but high for fun and learning.
Pieter Los, born in Scotland, raised in the Netherlands, lost in the USA. .