What We Brought to Our Rural Community. And What It Brought Us....

Jan 29, 2018 by

By: Jim Curely I am told there used to be a small dairy farm of less than 50 cows just down the road from our ‘homestead’. If you talk to any locals over sixty, they remember picking cotton in their youth. Their eyes glaze over with nostalgia when they speak winter hog slaughters at their father’s or grandfather’s farm. But things are not the same. This small town on Route 1, which stretches from Maine to Florida, was economically devastated when Interstate 95 opened in the 1960’s. The former truck stop is closed. The motel has been boarded up for years. No vacationers from the Northeast venture through our little town anymore. Storefronts are empty. The population has declined from a peak of 640 in 1950 to less than 350 souls today. Our town...

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Lessons on Scale and Humility

Dec 5, 2017 by

You meet them everywhere, these backyard suburban know-it-alls, these New Age gardeners utterly ignorant of the concept of scale. A silly American succeeds at not killing his tomato plant, and so he imagines he can farm 100,000 of them the same way, with no realization that whatever he fertilizes, sprays, waters, picks, or weeds must be repeated identically 100,000 times over if he is to be a real farmer. Kill one plant and all fall in identical fashion, setting off the chain reaction that hits everything from your wife’s car to your children’s lunch pail on the slow but fatal way to the bank. Thus sayeth Victor Davis Hanson, not one to pull his punches. He writes this fairly angry passage in a fairly angry book. It’s a pretty good book, despite (or maybe...

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Logo Designers Out There?

Nov 30, 2017 by

Friends, Are you a friend of the NCLM?  A farmer?  Spectator?  Wannabe?  More importantly (to this post)… can you design a decent logo?  One that can be used in general but also with a header on a new and improved website? Please, email me!  jasonmcraig -at- g-to-the-mail DOT...

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Is Farming a Waste of Talent?

Nov 28, 2017 by

By: Franz Klein In my years as a seminarian, I encountered the label “Father What-a-Waste.” Women applied it to good-looking young priests or priests-to-be who would make great husbands. How could they possibly give up the chance for marriage, a family, and success in the world? With my dashing good looks, I’m sure that the title was often applied to me during my seminarian years. No matter that I never heard it in reference to myself in my seminary years, but still… surely… More to the point, I was thinking about that silly old label in regard to a few comments I’ve gotten since quitting my full-time teaching job at a prep school last spring to try my hand at farming. Am I sure that I will be able to support my family? Am...

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