new farmers

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by jackie c, Oct 29, 2004.

  1. jackie c

    jackie c Well-Known Member

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    Was surfing the net this morning and found another great site for new farmers,

    http://www.agnr.umd.edu/users/frederick/pubs/

    Also this little blurb I thought was good.


    > James Bender relates the story of a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon.
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    > One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it.
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    > The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors. "How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?" The reporter asked. "Why sir," said the farmer, "didn't you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn." He is very much aware of the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbor's corn also improves.
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    > So it is in other dimensions. Those who choose to be at peace must help their neighbors to be at peace. Those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.
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    > The lesson for each of us is this: if we are to grow good corn, we must help our neighbors grow good corn.
     
  2. moonwolf

    moonwolf Well-Known Member

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    How true.
    This also could apply to beekeeping and encouraging neighbor growing a hay crop or orchard. The bees benefit by the crop the neighbor grows which are polllinted to produce better. It's win-win and supportive both ways.
     

  3. deberosa

    deberosa SW Virginia Gourd Farmer!

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    When I lived in the city I lived on a corner lot so only one real "neighbor". They were section 8 housing, a nice family but had no idea how to care for their place. I would treat their lawn for dandelions and till up their front flower bed while doing mine. They were appreciative and I didn't have dandelion seeds spreading over to my own place.
     
  4. Haggis

    Haggis MacCurmudgeon

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    I like this little parable. If helps one's neighbor who has less to have more, one is also helping one's self.