The more I become involved in the “movement” of backyard farming the more it becomes a movement for me.
I was looking around at wartime posters because I love all things vintage and I had a thought (it happens). I was struck by the commonsense portrayed in the World War 1 & 2 posters. The government encouraged us to grow a garden, raise animals for food, to feed scraps to animals so no food was wasted, to can and preserve food…
Our government saw the value in using vacant lots and backyards to produce food. Now our answer is to genetically monster, I mean modify, our food…ah but I digress.
My point is that we live in a time and in an economy that some commonsense would do us some real good. We don’t need more $1 Menus to feed struggling families; we need to teach (AND ALLOW) families to grow food in whatever space they have. We need to show our youth the value of growing a garden, collecting eggs and yes, meat…that meat isn’t a package from the grocery store.
What a revolution a commonsense movement could cause! If we gave people the freedom to have backyard hens for eggs, removed the stigma (through education) of raising rabbits for meat, taught people how to garden on patios and backyards and educated everyone in the practice of canning.
WHAT IF WE ALL GOT IN TOUCH WITH OUR FOOD IN A SIGNIFICANT WAY?
So why do so many cities ban backyard chickens, send officials in to confiscate meat rabbits and discourage vegetable gardening? Isn’t the whole GMO campaign about feeding the world? If more people practiced backyard homesteading, would that not leave more food for Big Ag to feed to the world of people who don’t homestead?
Backyard Homesteading Commonsense! Time-Tested and Approved!