A hearty welcome to yet another week filled with potential! For this installment I would like to briefly glide over the all important and almost forgotten custom of sustainable agriculture. Or in other words, family farming. Thankfully, it is slowly on the rise.
If you have noticed over the past two decades, the awareness of healthy foods and “organic living” has slowly increased and has been trying to saturate the populous as best as it can. And if you have been paying attention, all the big food corporations are using this media coverage to their advantage. By perverting and mutating the core production value and knowledge to make billions. Don’t get me wrong, there are still a few small companies that produce good healthy food. But they are very few in comparison.
So we now come to the big word, ORGANIC. You need to understand that, just because something or someone says a food is Organic, doesn’t mean it is healthy for you. The real meaning of the word “organic”, just means that the material in question has come from a living organism. That’s it. So technically, any company can mass produce a grown food product that has been condensed, freeze dried, kept in storage for three months, shipped to another country, reconstituted with water and man made chemicals, mixed with other ingredients, natural and unnatural, put in storage for a couple weeks, and then put on a shelf in a supermarket with big bold letters on the container that say “organic”. Sadly that is just the way the majority of the “food industry” works. Most foods loose at least half of their nutrients after being farmed, within eight days. This should be something to think long and hard about.
So what is family farming? Well you probably already know. But I’ll elaborate on it anyway. Back in the olden days, most of this country was not industrialized. So families had to provide food for themselves. In turn they had farms. Some had one kind of product, like cows, or vegetables. Others had a large variety of fruits, vegetables, and livestock.
You might be saying, “Well yeah. Duh. But this is the 21st century of the Anno Domini era Seth, hardly anyone can afford to have a huge farm with cows, chickens, and carrots. As well as make enough money at a minimum wage job to support a family in a city or a suburb.”
“Isn’t that why we have farmers markets now?” Well yes! A lot of these people at the farmer’s markets are family farmers.
This is where small sustainable communities come into play. Did you know that in Las Vegas alone, there are over 20 community gardens where people grow fruits and vegetables? On top of this there are well over 10,000 in-home sustainable gardens kept and maintained by entire families to balance a healthy diet with regular grocery store products. They may not be large farms, but the small amount of food that they produce, is more than enough for a house of four or five. Most of the time, they sell or give away the extra food that they are not able to eat so it doesn’t go to waste.
Of course if you live in a small apartment, having a family farm is almost impossible. But there are ways around that. Mostly inner city family farming consists in range from herb, vegetable, and fruit gardens. Both in the form of soil based and hydroponic growth.
My wife and I have a small garden in our back yard and every year it gets bigger and bigger. I recommend this kind of lifestyle to anyone. However small of a change it may be.
Would you like to see me do a famous illusion with a few of the oranges that I grew this last year?
How a Magician Makes Orange Juice:
“I cultivate from the knowledge of life, so that I may provide nourishment to my family and community.”