“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”
― Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
I’m sure the punchline is in this dude’s last name.
I am not a farmer and my cultivation of perfection is limited to things I can do without getting John Deere involved. The only reason I was posessed by rural seed-mongering demons to even consider owning 11 acres was the random delusional thought of, “That’s where I’ll put my sheep! How happy and productive we’ll be!” alternated with, “That’s 11 acres between my “GODDAMN IT, LIE THE FUCK DOWN” and the next neighbor…which isn’t precisely true, since I have a tiny neighbor dwelling across the canal. He has 100 ferel cats and some chickens. He seems, so far, immune to my screaming. I have the cats to thank for that. And Inez, my Great Pyr, who barks incessantly at them.
The reality is: I have 11 acres that promises itself to weeds and burrs tall enough to eat my 6 bitter sheep if I don’t find someone to farm it by next spring. This is not as easy, this quest for Perfection and maybe a few ton of Alfalfa, as ole M. Fukuoka makes it sound. No one wants to farm my shitty 11 acres. 11 acres is just enough to fit a tractor on, but not worth the trouble of doing so, apparently. 11 acres is more suited to the sort of cultivation of perfection that might include abandoned automobiles and goats.
Because I seek all my wisdom from The Google, I typed in “Eleven Acres” to see what wisdom would spring forth. Results: U-Pick Fruits and Vegetable Farm (Spokane, WA).
Fukuoka, Google. Aside from the limitations this puts on my ever using the field for anything other than encouraging PICKING by OTHERS at the EXPENSE OF MY AND MY DOG’S PERFECTION (except Scout, who might thrive under this scenario), the thought of all that actual FARMING makes my inner food groups turn on eachother and scream ONLY MEAT!!
I planted a garden this year and with the happy exception of a bounty of tomatoes, rising above the sea of weeds, the rest is a huge rotting FUKUOKA, PLANTSTRESS, YOU AND YOUR 20 pound Cucumber!
I take my perfection in 2-3 hour doses. Then I like repose. I’m an immediate gratification person. If I have to wait for something, It will lose value until it’s only real redemption is compost or an illustrative example of something I’ll never try again.
I’ll probably have a garden again next year. I’m looking into which weeds you can eat.
And which are suitable for U-Pick.