Farming as retro-tech

All sorts of news in the zeitgeist about how young folks my age and younger want to go back to nature. Not because of some mystical hippy connection with the backwoods, but out of a sort of Long-Now perspective on the world. Basically, they don’t think that the planet — or their kids — will survive without knowing about how food works, and how to be farmers. It’s an interesting juxtaposition of farming-in-the-backyards, coverage in the NY Times, an emphasis on last-days Peak Oil scenarios, and a feeling that all too soon we’ll all be living with horses and cows again (a trend? Maybe, maybe not….) there’s actually useful information about this.

To cite just a few examples, seeNo Impact Man, a crazy stunt that thus far seems to be really working for the guy who is doing it (not so sure about his family and all though).

There are opposing voices, of course.

But on the other hand, Sam’s Farm looks like fun. And I like the practicality of this article on Ten Things You Can Do, and the guy who is Biking to Brazil.

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