Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Homesteader


Working Man week continues here at OPOD with this picture of a homesteader. The picture was taken in 1942 in New Mexico. I think growing food is a great thing to do, and American farmers are among the few people in the country who actually produce anything. I hope we see a resurgence in the popularity of young people staying on the farm, and continuing the tradition.

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  1. Except for his ragged hat, he would have made a great Marlboro man.
    R

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  2. Unfortunately a the majority farms today are factory farms. According to this article at the time it was written there were 5 million fewer farms than in the 1930's and of the 2 million left only 565,000 were family farms.

    http://www.sustainabletable.org/issues/familyfarms/

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  3. Was this homesteader's name or town in New Mexico identified? I took some shots of a cowboy last summer in Carrizozo, NM, that could easily be his grandson. They're at the end of this post:
    http://www.the7msnranch.com/2009/06/bringing-in-herd.html

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  4. Have y'all read The Contrary Farmer by Gene Logsdon? I'm in the midst of reading it now. You can farm like in the "olden days" (prior to the Great Depression/ Dust Bowl and the rise of factory farming). I'm itching for a bigger place out in a rural area so I can put some of the ideas he discusses into practice!

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  5. Pie Town, New Mexico, I believe.

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  6. Pie Town, New Mexico, I believe.

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  7. Earthboxes (you can make your own) on the patio and a 12 X 14 garden will hopefully make a nice dent in the grocery bill. Of course, Javelina, rabbit, and squirrel proofing the garden is probably making the produce many times more expensive than just buying it downtown, but the self satisfaction payoff is very high. Even through the pain meds. %^)

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  8. Behind every good man is a good woman. I see that his shirt has been mended more than once, but it is very clean and has been ironed with starch.

    You probably could not take his hat away from him long enough to clean, mend or throw it away!

    Great Picture.

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