John Klar is a former tax and litigation attorney who shifted to farming after becoming sickened with Lyme Disease. His writing is motivated by a desire to educate readers about the policies and economic pressures that increasingly control their lives, especially in agriculture. John lives in central Vermont with his wife Jackie. They raise sheep, beef cows, and border collies since their three children left the homesteading nest. Attorney-farmer John Klar hosts the Small Farm Republic Substack and podcast from his Vermont farm. His new book is Small Farm Republic: Why Conservatives Must Embrace Local Agriculture, Reject Climate Alarmism, and Lead an Environmental Revival.
Vermont dumps almost all of its own garbage into Mount Casella, though it exports some to New Hampshire and New York. Its own consumption of goods–often including unhealthy processed foods, shipped huge distances–is culturally indistinguishable from the flow of garbage trucked out of the cities.
To nurture small-scale local agriculture is to oppose the Maoist, Stalinesque, Hitlerian, Huxlian, Schwabian, Gatesian push to monopolize global food production. My cows plod the Underground. And I plod along with them.