At the turn of the 20th century as Americians we created the pure food laws and the best technology in farming. As we turn the page in this second decade of the 21st century signs of rebirth abound. From open source farm machines to open source techniques driven from a need to end oil dominance. I have high hopes for a renewed stronger nation. We should look to the future keeping in mind the history that got us here.
“We believe in small farms and thorough cultivation; we believe that the soil lives to eat, as well as the owner, and ought, therefore, to be well manured; we believe in going to the bottom of things, and therefore deep ploughing, and enough of it, all the better if it be a subsoil plough; we believe in large crops which leave the land better than they found it, making both the farm and the farmer rich at once; we believe that every farm should own a good farmer; we believe that the best fertilizer of any soil is a spirit of industry, enterprise, and intelligence; without these, lime, gypsum and guano would be of little use; we believe in good fences, good farmhouses, good orchards, and good children enough to gather the fruit; we believe in a clean kitchen, a neat wife in it, a clean cupboard, a clean dairy, and a clean conscience; we believe that to ask a man’s advice is not stooping but of much benefit; we believe that to keep a place for everything, and everything in its place, saves many a step, and is pretty sure to lead to good tools and to keeping them in order; we believe that kindness to stock, like good shelter, is saving of fodder; we believe that it is a good thing to keep an eye on experiments, and note all, good and bad; we believe that it is a good rule to sell grain when it is ready; we believe in producing the best butter and cheese, and marketing it when it is ready.”
- Play FarmVille With A Real Farm–If You Dare (fastcompany.com)
- WSU researcher in Science: Authors seek sustainable farm policies, practices (wsunews.wsu.edu)
- Become a farmer for £30 (no experience necessary) (independent.co.uk)
- Real Life FarmVille (neatorama.com)
- National Trust invites online ‘farmers’ to take part in a social media experiment (prweek.com)
- FarmVille: 10,000 volunteers needed to run REAL farm in Cambridgeshire over internet (dailymail.co.uk)