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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A Jump to Full Time Farming for the Kleins...

Oct 30, 2017 by

I recently posted an article about what I see as the New Catholic Land Movement at ThoseCatholicMen.com, and it was great to see how far that article went and how many people responded to it publicly and privately. One of those responses was from the Klein family, who has just moved to full time farming – moving all the way from the center of the universe (North Carolina) and away from a teaching career to Wisconsin to take over their family’s farm.  So many of us dream of such a move, but in reality it takes a major act of faith and trust.  We’re teetering in that direction with our micro dairy (just one bathroom away from Grade A!).  And you have to be a bit crazy.  In many ways dreams of farming just...

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