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Old ways catch on again

To the Telegram: Individual families raising their own food and fiber for clothing on their own property is nothing new. People in this country and around the world have done it for many, many years. And it seems to be a growing trend that is cat...

To the Telegram:

Individual families raising their own food and fiber for clothing on their own property is nothing new. People in this country and around the world have done it for many, many years. And it seems to be a growing trend that is catching on again in the U.S., perhaps for a variety of reasons.

In part, people want to have the fun and the sense of "neighbor helping neighbor," which comes from growing, swapping or selling your own produce among your friends and local folks. In addition, the knowledge that your food or your clothing fiber have been grown and raised safely, cleanly in small, well-kept operations by local people you know, trust and visit with is important.

Garden vegetables and berries of all types, plus apples, pears, plums, and other tree fruits, as well as homemade maple or birch syrups, can provide healthy, locally-grown, sustainable food. Also, a very limited number of regulated, carefully-kept, family-raised small animals, such as rabbits, chickens or small-breed sheep, can help provide healthy food and clothing fiber, plus fertilizer, mulch and compost with which to grow more family food. Careful, conscientious small-scale sustainable agriculture can be an enjoyable, valuable lifelong activity and resource for families and communities.

"Going Green" has gone on for families for years. It always will.

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Debra and Thomas King,

Solon Springs

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