[NAFEX] was FEDCO now farm&garden
road's end farm
organic101 at linkny.com
Thu Dec 27 11:04:40 EST 2007
On Dec 27, 2007, at 8:06 AM, Thomas Olenio wrote:
> I know many farmers and the lack of family farm vegetable gardens
> becomes obvious if you understand their motives and drives. Farmers
> are practical, pragmatic people and time is their most precious
> commodity. If it is more practical and inexpensive to buy vegetables
> and fruit they will. No good farmer worth his corn would spend $100
> of his time to end up with $25 worth of produce. The time invested in
> a vegetable garden is much better spent on their cash crop.
> Farmers are pragmatic and practical to the bone. The far greater
> percentages of farmers are not hippies, tree huggers, or eco-zeolots
> they are simply small business men who work with agriculture. The law
> of economics and pragmatism are their model. Do not look for veggie
> gardens but “efficiencies” on a well operated farm.
> Sure you will find those willing to spend $100 in time for $25 of
> tangible results but they are not farmers, they are hobbyists’.
Most farmers around here have vegetable gardens, and many of them have
fruit. Yes, these are real farmers, not hobbyists.
For one thing, I strongly suspect they get much more than $25 in
tangible results for $100 in time, because they know what they're
doing. For another, the quality produced in the home garden is often
much greater than that available in the store. For a third, many see no
sense in spending cash out of pocket for what they can easily and
enjoyably do for themselves.
Finger Lakes NY; zone 5 mostly
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