[Homestead] History and homesteading
genegerue at ruralize.com
Thu Dec 20 12:21:38 EST 2007
Thanks, Sage. I have all but the last. How could I have forgotten the
Foxfire books? (Old brain) And Mollison and Holmgren are heros who
lit a fire in me to always seek ways to close the loop and make every
part of my homestead design do double or triple duty.
I have added your suggestions to the list.
On Dec 20, 2007, at 10:00 AM, <eureka at hctc.net> wrote:
> Here's a few for consideration:
> 1972-2004 The Foxfire books 1-12 were published about the
> homesteading skills, lifestyle, and culture of people in
> southern Appalachia.
> 1978 two Australians, Dr. Bill Mollison and David
> Holmgren, publish Permaculture One, with ideas they hoped
> would move people away from the destructive
> industrial-agricultural methods poisoning the land and
> water, reducing biodiversity, and removing billions of
> tons of soil from previously fertile landscapes to one
> that attempts to replicate nature, where social aspects
> are seen an integral part of a truly sustainable system.
> 2005 Locavore Movement introduced by Jessica Prentice from
> San Francisco Bay Area on the occasion of World
> Environment Day encourages people to produce their own
> food or to buy from farmers' markets within a 100 mile
> radius, rather than support supermarkets that import their
> food using fossil fuels and non-renewable resources.
> Way Out in Texas
> On Thu, 20 Dec 2007 07:35:25 -0800
> Bill Jones <billj at harborside.com> wrote:
>> Gene GeRue wrote:
>>> Browsing through old files I found these notes and hope
>>> you will find
>>> them interesting. If anyone has suggestions for
>>> additions, please
>>> post same.
>>> History and Homesteading
>>> 15th century: European peasants lived in hut villages,
>>> tilled the
>>> surrounding land, ate what they grew.
>>> 1785: The Basic Land Ordinance, lands in “the Northwest,”
>>> today OH,
>>> MI, IN, IL, WI, were surveyed into townships and
>>> sections, minimum
>>> purchase was a section, 640 ac., $1.00/ac. min. price.
>>> 1820: Congress lowered minimum purchase to 80 ac.,
>>> $1.25/ac. min. price.
>>> 1832: Minimum purchase lowered to forty acres.
>>> 1841: Preemption Act, 160 ac. @ $1.25/ac. plus occupancy
>>> 1862: The Homestead Act, 160 ac., filing fee $10, make
>>> 1900-1920: The golden age of agriculture per David B.
>>> Danbom, author
>>> of BORN IN THE COUNTRY: A History of Rural America (1995,
>>> The Johns
>>> Hopkins University Press).
>>> 1929-193?: The Great Depression caused many to revert to
>>> prior self-
>>> reliant lives based on home food production.
>>> 1935: FIVE ACRES AND INDEPENDENCE: A Handbook of Small
>>> Management, by M.G. Kains, first published. Revised and
>>> Edition, 1940.
>>> 1954: LIVING THE GOOD LIFE: How to Live Sanely and Simply
>>> in a
>>> Troubled World, by Helen and Scott Nearing.
>>> • From the Preface: “During the deepest part of the Great
>>> in 1932, we moved from New York City to a farm in the
>>> Green Mountains
>>> 1968: WHOLE EARTH CATALOG published.
>>> 1970: THE MOTHER EARTH NEWS was launched with a staff of
>>> two—John and
>>> Jane Shuttleworth. The back cover was an ad for a special
>>> titled How To Get Out of the City and Back to the Land.
>>> 1970: Stephen Gaskin led a group of hippies from San
>>> Francisco to
>>> Tennessee and founded The Farm. (Gaskin was a former
>>> English professor)
>>> 1971: The first issue of AN OLD-FASHIONED RECIPE BOOK, by
>>> Emery, came out in pieces starting in 1971; the whole
>>> first edition
>>> appeared in 1974.
>>> Carla died October 11, 2005 but her wisdom lives on in
>>> the lives of
>> 2010: The government effectively outlaws small-scale
>> animal husbandry by
>> mandating that a microchip be placed in every chicken,
>> and that rabbits
>> receive frequent vaccinations and vet visits.
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