It's easy to think about a household or community being self-sufficient in food, and perhaps some aspects of clothing and building - but what about hardware?
is this the answer?
Though I'm not sure we need tractors. I helped out with the annual garlic pull (lots of nice people + 1 field of garlie + 1 day = a barn full of garlic that will supply the farmers market for a year) at CSA farm Earthly Mirth in New York a few weeks ago.
Here are the tractors they used:
thanks Ryan for the picture
Honestly, this picture doesn't really capture how awe-inspiring Sara and her horses were, and the implications of her use of them.
It was easy to find horse-farming machinery - different things to attach to the horses to do different aspects of farming - because of the significant mormon and amonite farming communities nearby, all of whom use horse-drawn farming techniques, I am told.
Sara had a really beautiful relationship with the horses - she was a kind of a horse whisperer I guess. Which is simply to mean that she found a way to connect with the animals in a way that was not about domination but connection and cooperation.
It was Cool.
2 years ago