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  •  You mean you're actually encouraging (2+ / 0-)
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    pkbarbiedoll, Unique Material

    know-nothing gardeners like me who dream of farming to get into farming?  :)  I never thought of it in quite this way somehow: that we're losing the old generation of farmers and somebody has to.  All you hear is how impossibly hard it is.

    •  Um, sure (2+ / 0-)
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      renaissance grrrl, StrayCat

      If that's what you want to do, consider it. It isn't my thing, but some people really, really dig it, and it'd be great if more of them could make a living at it. I'll be the one thanking you while enjoying your produce from the comfort of my urban postage stamp room.

      There are extension and transition programs, albeit fairly limited at present, that can help out. Additional efforts, still small but better than nothing, are present in even the House version of the Farm Bill. You may want to look into it. Also, there are groups in both Seattle and Detroit who do distributed urban farming; using yard space to farm on all over a city. The Detroit group, Greening of Detroit, has iirc around 50 acres under cultivation.

    •  It Is Hard (1+ / 0-)
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      The hardest part is affording the land if you don't have any.

      Co-Op baby. It's gotta be the new wave or we'll all drown.

      I'm the person your mother warned you about.

      by Unique Material on Thu Aug 16, 2007 at 11:24:59 PM PDT

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      •  Owning land (3+ / 0-)

        I totally agree.  If I had money to buy 100 acres and a tractor to work it I'd do it in a New York second.

        •  I Have an Acre (2+ / 0-)
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          natasha, pkbarbiedoll

          I "farm" it but it's still hard for a single mom, disabled vet, working part time and it's expensive. The rising interest rates knocked my socks off.

          I was doing okay til that happened. I can't change the heat or the dry but I can learn to work with it. Whew. I need a partner. I know you're not close by or I'd offer you a share of my "own private Idaho". (No, I don't really live in Idaho.)

          I'm the person your mother warned you about.

          by Unique Material on Fri Aug 17, 2007 at 06:02:26 AM PDT

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