Sustainable Agriculture

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Many people give up their dreams for lack of knowledge. Not only is there money out there to assist you in learning how to farm, but there’s also grant money to train you how to operate (not buy) farm equipment, raise organic crops, and even buy seed and livestock. The average age of the American farmer is 55, but regardless of your age, new farmers are needed.

While traditional farming is labor intensive, there are many ways to enjoy growing food, experiencing the natural rhythms of the land, and the life cycle of healthy, well-cared for animals other than over-burdening yourself beyond your limits. I’m more of a “Large Gardener” than I am a farmer. I don’t have to “farm” for a living. I grow only what I want to grow. I enjoy the land and watching nature work her wonders. I enjoy raising chickens, and facing my fears around touching, and caring for livestock. A grand, empowering feeling comes over me when I sit in the seat of a John Deere tractor, raise the front bucket, and scoop up a load of fresh organic compost that I know is rich and healthy, and that will nourish healthy, large, great tasting vegetables.

So it’s wonderful to YouTube a SARE.org video and learn something new about plant production. SARE Grants come under USDA funding and are intended to fund innovative ideas that demonstrate new sustainable techniques that enrich the lives of farmers and the communities they live in. SARE assists with farmer development, education, and increased agriculture profits turning that otherwise would have ended up only as a forsaken dream.

Click to view a SARE video on grants–> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24OS__lD-10

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Have we forgotten the economy …

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When I listen to various “experts” discuss Geo-political economical future health, much of our problems as Americans and the problems throughout the world still comes down to the sad issue of Europe/European-Americans still want it all.

Nationalism throughout Chinese Diaspora (Southeast Asia included) and Japan fit neatly into the problem. It really looks like much of the problem would be solved if the greedy people at the top changed their racist, classist core believes and tactics, and actually set more people free to generate more business and wealth.

This may not happen until the United States begins to feel the stress it has been sheltered from. At that point:

“If everything is bad… the least bad will start to look really attractive.”

This means ideal goals NOW should be:
1.)  For America to start truly giving good education to all of it’s citizens

2.)  The U.S. propaganda machine needs to begin pulling people together instead of apart

3.)  If money will go where toward resilience and away from emerging fragility, then it behooves us… the average Joe’s and Jane’s… to become more resilient by cutting overhead, bonding together in small groups (co-ops and intentional communities) that are designed to share wealth, create economic and mental stability.

4.) Perhaps more average and poor Americans need to begin thinking “globally” (in terms of who to do business with) and acting FAR MORE locally?

*To view Nouriel Roubini video, click here–>  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0qNDOMeqFQ