City Chicks & Hungry Folks
The reason being (we assume) that not everyone wants to wake up to neighbors' roosters, snorting pigs, and bleating goats. They don't live in the country for that very reason, among others. But I see this attitude changing, more and more. The stereotype of the city as a place without farmlife is fading fast. A new book is out called "City Goat" and while I haven't read it but I sure love the idea. One of my favorite farm memoirs of all time is Novella Carpenter's Farm City, which talks about turning an abandoned lot in rough part of Oakland into a small farm. She gets poultry, pigs, bees, gardens, rabbits and creates community along the way. It's a great story of a beginner's farm that just so happens to take place in the middle of a ghetto. back in 2009 when the book emerged that was an odd thing to see, but not anymore. A lot of my urban readers send photos of their city chicks, apartment rabbits, and rooftop hives. Food doesn't have to be in the country alone. It should always be where the people are.
That said, does it make anyone out there nervous how little most people think about food? How little they have? I'm not talking about poverty, I am talking about everyday people with a 2 week supply of food, max, in their homes. This barrenness is normal now. It is considered fringe thinking to fill a larder with a few months worth of food and you are a militia minded wacko if you store bottled water. But I can't think of anything more normal than eating? Food security (and water security) might be the most normal thing a person could do. So why do so few people have food in their homes? Why aren't there goats in backyards, chickens in parrot cages, worm bins under the sink, and hydroponics in the basement? We live in this amazing time where a person in 600 feet of apartment can feed himself if he is clever and has electricity, a window, and a friend with a roof or backyard to work with. Yet so few do? Is it laziness? Is it such a sense of safety that the grocery store will always be there? Or is real food security always going to be the haven of the eccentrics while cheap fossil fuel flows?
Your grandparents had more than two weeks of food in their house. If they lived in the country they had a lot more, and equipment to hunt, fish, trap and the knowledge to forage. Today we seem to be a people either too busy or too distracted to worry about tomorrow's dinner. Should we feel blessed or cursed?
I'll tell you this much: This farm has more than 2 weeks worth of food.