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Imagine a future of many, many small farms. The average farm size here for many of the areas is 100 acres of which 50 is cleared land and 50 is wood. 50 acres is enough. Not all 50 acres will grow crops other than grass but it is more than enough to feed many families. For those in authority, they need to accept the fact that this is the way of the future. The systems on these farms would have to be organic or biodynamic simply because the other system only destroys. We need a new system that works with nature, not subdues it.
We need to work with nature… We need to encourage habitat of the birds and butterflies; we have to look upon weeds differently.Now, thankfully, there is a growing interest in caring for the flora and fauna of the farm, but it has a long way to go. Finally, for people to be happy they have to be well grounded in the place. Eating food locally grown and having a sense of belonging to a home comes from nature.
We need to reconnect with ourselves… We must not belittle our abilities and capacities, instead use our minds to create a vision of self-sufficiency.
We need to use our innate creativity… The big factory farm systems don’t require the breeds that are suitable for small farms. This has to be addressed, because without these we are not going to survive.
We need to learn from the past…We need to consider breeds that are suitable for the area that you are in, preferably dual purpose, low feed cost - own or locally grown. We have here the rock circles, labyrinths, and pyramid green houses. Since they have worked in the past, to not consider these ideas could be considered irresponsible. I believe this can all be done in a way that we can all work together, but the effort must be made now. We need a political system that focuses on self-sufficiency. We need to know within ourselves what we want.