Homesteading with Mother Earth By Mark T. Mitchell - April 10, 2009 4 FacebookTwitterEmailPrint USAToday has a piece on folks who are simplifying their lives as a response to the economic troubles here. For those interested in some concrete advice, see this piece on homesteading in Mother Earth News here. h/t Rachel Blum RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Short Snowflakes, Wallace Stegner, and Brokenism The Wittenberg Door No Justice, No Peace? René Girard and Endless Rivalries The Barbershop The Census Taker in a Church Pew The Stump The Language of Numbers The Nightstand Cormac McCarthy’s Sorrow of Creatures Short Chickens, AI, and the Legal Conversation 4 COMMENTS We were part of the self-sufficiency movement toward the end of the years of the Carter economic malaise. We subscribed to Mother Earth News and other such publications then, and bought a small acreage. We were a little slow to get into it and slow to get out of it. We kept on with our chickens ‘n goats even through most of the Reagan years. I do remember one co-worker suggesting that pretty soon we’d have our own third-world country on our place. The goats and chickens are long gone, but we still have the same acres. I’ve sometimes thought how if Bush-Obama keep driving the economy into the ground, maybe it’ll be time to go back to those days. It’s interesting to see from your note that Mother Earth News is still going. I was visiting my pal, Smitty, on his farm back in ’68, I believe, and he showed me a new mag he’d bought-The Mother Earth News- and I went out and subscribed. I’ve got a whole pile of them up in the attic but quite my subscription when Schuttlesworth sold out a few years later. And don’t miss Peggy Noonan’s Wall Street Journal piece about the USA TODAY article: LINK: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123992073614326997.html Comments are closed.