Friday, November 14, 2014
It always surprises me that in new houses little attention is paid to insulation. Last year when we were out driving after snow so many of the new houses were devoid of any snow on their roofs, a sure sign that roof insulation was missing or insufficient.
Our order comes through a friend, a long time organic farmer who is now giving up farming and putting most of the farm into forestry. She lost her husband suddenly five years ago, the first thing to go were the pigs as they were too much work for her and her daughter, she continued with the sheep, but there is very little money in lamb production ,a lot of hard work for an animal who main objective in life is to try to find new ways of dying. We would agree with her, we used to keep sheep, but they really are more bother than they are worth.
Her daughter is a fully qualified permaculture designer, and has tried very hard to get some community based enterprise started but has been unsuccessful, so yet another well establish organic farm is going, along with the wealth of knowledge that they both have. It seems that to have a community spirit and to want to grow your own food you have to live in a town or a city where land is at a premium. It wasn't always like this, up until sixteen years ago we had a very active organic growers group, we met once a month formally, but would meet up in between times, we swapped produce, plants, ideas and marketing leads. We were all smallholders, some with a few acres and some with considerably more, all earning a living from the land. Then the new boy arrived, fresh back from the U.S to take over his fathers farm, he decided to 'go' Organic, not through any belief in the movement but he thought it would make him money. Well it has, through grants he set up a co-operative, he is very well paid, through grants, yet there is no one that we know that has gained any benefit from this except him. Our happy little group disbanded. I think our friend was the last remaining member to still be farming as a certified farm.