The big farmers are kept drunk on subsidies whilst the small, medium and family farms have been squeezed out. Farms have been commoditised in order to create and feed a food industry.
This is a globally driven policy. Currently there are 1,, small farms in Poland, some of the most biologically sustainable food production enterprises in Europe, being deliberately taken out of business, to make way for global agri-business. Back in the UK, one supermarket now makes more profit than the whole of UK agriculture. A few corporations dominate agri-business.
Meanwhile the food industry has created an obesity epidemic, costing the UK billions, as well as a population totally disconnected from the land and food. As happened across Hertfordshire, the animals disappeared from view. Bizarrely, from this small start, quite a sizeable events business grew over the next 20 years that enabled the farm to be retained. One thing that commentators all agree on is that food and farming must change. We must feed people in the future without using nitrate fertilisers. Could there be an alternative? Would it involve envisaging farms as a place to produce food, and the farm as a service provider - a polycultural, complex, vertically integrated, systems and ecological approach based on biological efficiency?
Would it involve farms that connect directly with customers and so are not slaves to a single or handful of buyers?
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If we can combine food and farming systems that are environmentally sound and productive, with business models that work, then maybe we can forge an alternative and a renaissance of real food and farming. Convinced by background reading and given a kick up the butt after falling ill for months and facing my mortality in , my family and I moved from passive observer of the farming scene for 20 years to bringing the family farm back into production.
The cows are grass-fed Jersey cows rather than grain fed — the dairy is certified by the Pasture Fed Livestock Association and the calves are kept with their mothers and not fully weaned until they are between eight and 10 months old. Provan uses a small portable milking bale and milks the cows only once a day, to keep the cows stress-free. While there are still only a handful of micro-dairies in the UK, those who run them are enthusiastic about the alternative it offers consumers and the viable route into the industry that it offers would-be farmers.
But there are grants and awards available for micro-dairies. The farmers are keen to support newcomers and allow both interested consumers and prospective micro-dairy farmers to visit the dairies and get advice based on their own experience. Many believe that this is exactly what we need farming to be: Interested in finding out more about how you can live better? The Live Better Challenge is funded by Unilever; its focus is sustainable living.
Thus we feel it is possible for someone with little or no experience to learn to care for and use a horse or a team for farm and woods work, although, obviously, this is not a process to be undertaken lightly. One of the basic aims of the farm operation for us is self-sufficiency, and we thought that the horse would be more efficient than a tractor in achieving this aim.
In the practice of Zen sitting meditation, a special emphasis is placed on maintaining a relaxed but upright sitting posture, in which the vertical and horizontal axis of the body meet at a center point.
Finding this core of gravity within can restore a sense of well-being and ease to the practitioner. This balanced seat of ease is not all that different from the state of relaxed concentration we need to achieve to effectively ride or drive horses.
For centuries, the skills of training steers for work and the craft of building yokes and related equipment was passed down from generation to generation. It was common for a young boy or girl to be responsible for the care and training of a team from calves to the age of working capability. Many farms trained a team each year, either for sale or for future replacement in their own draft program.
Besides good, tough iron for the shoe, we need an anvil with a round horn and a small hole at one end, a round-headed turning-hammer, a round sledge, a stamping hammer, a pritchel of good steel, and, if a fullered shoe is to be made, a round fuller. Bodily activity and, above all else, a good eye for measurement are not only desirable, but necessary.
A shoe should be made thoughtfully, but yet quickly enough to make the most of the heat. In New York State one does not explore the world of draft horses long before the name of Ed Button is invariably and most respectfully mentioned. His career with Belgians includes a vast catalog of activities: There is no more useful or willing animal than the Mule. And perhaps there is no other animal so much abused, or so little cared for.
Popular opinion of his nature has not been favorable; and he has had to plod and work through life against the prejudices of the ignorant. Still, he has been the great friend of man, in war and in peace serving him well and faithfully. If he could tell man what he most needed it would be kind treatment.
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