Agriculture is life. No matter where you are, although here the link is a little more direct than if you live at Smith St, Jonesville in the first world somewhere. It’s hard to understand people if you cannot understand how important growing food and farming is in their day to day life.
I always though that agriculture would be a way that I connect with people but I have a way to go to really get the way subsistence farming pervades the everyday. It’s a level deeper than farming in Australia. A bad season here means a hungry season where the family eats one meal a day shared between its members. It’s been a while in Australia since those were the consequences of a bad season.
So I thought I would at least like to learn the rhythms and way of farming here before I try and change any part of it. So I have asked our local chief for a small plot of land that I can dig and farm the way everyone else does. I want to learn what it means to do what they do and at the same time consolidate the ideas I think can make a difference here in farming. He said I can have plot of land next to his farm. Stating in October or November I’ll be out there digging. Anyone want to come give me a hand?