Seeds of Change
by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.
Even Futurists have to eat, so last fall I was digging in my garden when along came a happy pair - granddaughter - aged about 8, and Grandma (we won't go there). The shy little girl asked what I was doing. I told her to watch, and gently turned over my first ever sweet potatoes - which were HUGE! I don't know who was more thrilled - the little girl, or me.
She then stunned me. She said "I did not know potatoes came from the ground".
I dug some more sweet potatoes to find several big ones she and grandma could take home to grandpa, and she set off with a big smile, arms loaded, promising to come visit again. I hope she does.
During the second world war, 40% of all fruits and vegetables w…
Year-Round Harvests Yield Local Benefits
by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.
Roughly 15 percent of all fruits and vegetables consumed in the United States are imported from outside our borders. This creates both a cash drain to local economies and a potentially dangerous way for bad guys to put disease into our food supply. Another very large chunk of our food supply travels thousands of miles from elsewhere in the country at great use of imported oil, thus making us doubly at risk — an oil supply interruption could not only make gasoline scarce, it could also impact food availability, particularly healthy vegetables.
Local farmers who grow only during the traditional warm months also have a tendency to lose their market on the “back side” of…
Centralization and the apparent need for large economy of scale have led to the disappearance of the small farm. In 1959, the U.S. was home to 4.1 million farms. Today, there are just 2.2 million. Some 40% of American farmers are 55 or older, and young people aren’t exactly lining up to replace them. But a new program in North Carolina hopes to make farming a viable career option once again.
Rutherford County, N.C., has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. Yet some 6000 families own between 5 and 20 acres of land, and chefs in nearby Charlotte, N.C., are in need of fresh produce for their restaurants. As part of a soph…
Jobs and Year Round Veggies with Solar Heat
12 Month Food Production Using Unheated Greenhouses
Creates Profit, Jobs and Secure Food Supply
by Jon Kennedy
Roughly 15 percent of all fruits and vegetables consumed in the United States are imported from outside our borders. (1) This creates both a cash drain to local economies and a potentially unprotected vector for injection of disease into our food supply.
Growing fresh vegetables profitably in all regions of the United States during every month of the year is possible. Eliot Coleman has been perfecting the process for several decades, and now he is sharing his methods with the rest of us. Access to a library of historical observations, a working farm acting as a personal labora…