Let Them Eat Nutella
The return of the homestead farmer is something we should all welcome and encourage. In North America and Europe at least, we can grow farm more food than we can consume; and, exports (from large systems of subsidized producers) distort prices in much of the world–dumping surplus at far less than real cost in areas where the local farmers cannot compete. When you see jumbo jars of Nutella in a store, in Accra or Chemainus, you know THE SYSTEM has been there.
The homstead farm in North America was traditionally 100 or 160 acres: a huge amount of land in places like Scotland and Ireland where an inheritance might be counted up in furrows.
But now many homestead farms are smaller; conceptually, they can be as small as an acre or two, which is more than enough to provide nourishment for a family of four or five, plus some surplus. And the farmers often have a secondary job and why not.
One of my many favourites is Soulsby Farm in Hudson, Ohio. One of the typical things new homesteaders do is buy a few chicks and start raising eggs. This almost immediately connects you with what remains of the wild world: mink, eagles, wolves, bears & coyotes as a minimum. Try this except from the Soulbsy blog and I`m sure you`ll want to sample more.
Protecting your Chickens from Coyotes
April 8, 2012 by Soulsby Farm – A Very Small Farm
We had a tragedy at the farm the other night; we lost some chickens to what appears to be a coyote or two. Coyotes are part of the natural circle of life and because we as humans basically eradicated their natural enemy the wolf, we’re forced to deal with these predators. Wolves don’t tolerate coyotes. When the wolves are depleted or hunted to near extinction, the more adaptable coyote moves into the niche.