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Quote of the Day: Gene Logsdon

May 18th, 2014

“We have become a nation dangerously dependent on politically motivated and money-motivated processes for our food, clothing, and shelter. In the world we must live in from now on, to produce our own food is the beginning of independence. To accept that responsibility is the first step toward real freedom.”

Gene Logsdon (Small-Scale Grain Raising)

sweet potato harvest 2
Gardening comes easy to me, there’s nothing I love more than spending days in the garden. I love the hard work, I love the intricacies of it, it’s really rewarding for me.
pigs tilling
Tending animals is also very rewarding, at least most of the time. I love the chickens, ducks, and guineas. They are fun to have around, most of the time. Though they can be frustrating at times.
chickens 2
ducks 3
There are parts of producing your own food that aren’t easy, slaughtering animals is the hardest. It is time for us to slaughter eight of our male ducks. They are getting to the point where they are becoming aggressive towards the lady ducks and there are simply too many of them. I sold a few of them, the rest will go to freezer camp.
Onion Harvest 2
One of the reasons I encourage people to take a first hand role in producing at least some of their food is because it gives you an appreciation for those that do it full-time. It also gives us a deep sense of appreciate for our food and for what it takes to have something on our plate at each meal.

What part of producing your own food do you find to be the easiest and which is the most difficult?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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