Friday, June 12, 2009

Tomorrow is over.....

I meet with the city yesterday. Not as rewarding and fun as I thought it would be. This thing could drag out 6 months or more, with no guarantees. They all agreed that it is sorely needed but have concerns about the traffic. Well, here are some interesting points to consider about agriculture today and why smaller farms, closer to the city are needed:

Picture Source: Dartmouth Medical School website.

  • The average farmer is 59 years old

  • The last time I looked, I didn't see a line of young farmers, much less kids of farmers, ready and willing to keep it going. (Although, there is an important trend starting to happen, but I'll save that for another day.)

  • As these farmers get older, where will the food come from? Ah, China, Chile, Mexico - Yeah!!

  • Moving a farm to the boonies eliminates the convenience factor for people in nearby cities. (Isn't this what got Americans in trouble in the first place. Convenient, cheap, easily accessible food that sucks or sucks the life out of you!)

  • These are the same people (gov't decision makers) who will grant a county fair to be put in a residential area, with little concern about the traffic, noise or personal hygiene (oops, how did that get there?).

  • Majority of kids today think milk comes from a jug bought from a store, that eggs are from a carton and really don't associate chickens anymore with eggs, cows with milk. It's more like an old wives tale. Sad.

With a lot of prayer and perseverance, we shall over come these obstacles. Maybe the city wants to see how committed we really are. I could imagine that impatient folks would have throw in the towel, ready to look for a different option or county for that matter to do this. Well I'll leave you with a quote and I've got to drive to work, it is almost 7:00am.

"Finally, there seem to be but three Ways for a Nation to acquire Wealth. The first is by War as the Romans did in plundering their conquered Neighbours. This is Robbery. The second by Commerce which is generally Cheating. The third by Agriculture the only honest Way; wherein Man receives a real Increase of the Seed thrown into the Ground, in a kind of continual Miracle wrought by the Hand of God in his favour, as a Reward for his innocent Life, and virtuous Industry."
Benjamin Franklin, April 4, 1769

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