I think about it a lot, the farm that sets in Boone County... just an hour and a half away from me. It was home to my Mom and Dad, her parents, their parents and so on going back to 1860. It's where I ran barefoot in the summer, fed chickens and rode in the International pickup with Grandpa as he fed the cows. Heartstrings, definitely.
There's hardly a day goes by that a pleasant memory of that place doesn't pop into my head. I came away from there imprinted with a love of the land; the smell of hay and grain, the pleasures of gathering eggs, the desire to get up early so I don't miss sunrises and a love of everything country.
I'm not the only one who dreams of a simpler time. We have a resurgence of self sufficiency going in America right now. It's one of the few things that you can call "positive" that has come with the recession. We all want to feel more in control of our food and resources. Saving money and being healthy are important to each and everyone of us.
A starting point is planning a garden. Even if you've never grew so much as a house plant, it's not complicated or hard to do! The good news is, there is information and help out there just for the asking. The local Farmers Co-Op has everything you need to get started, from seeds to soil... and the people to guide you every step of the way! Right now they have a new raised bed garden kit called the GeoPlanter. Easy to assemble, it's made of a geo-textile fabric that promotes healthy root growth. Everyone knows that in hard container gardening, once the roots reach the walls they circle and eventually strangle the plant. With GeoPlanters, the roots are air puned once they reach the fabric container walls. This pruning forces the branching of the fibrous root tips throughout the plant container. The end result is healthy, vigorous plants that grow faster and produce more.
Made in the USA, reusable for many growing seasons, easy to store when not in use ... it's on my want list!