Monday, April 28, 2008

Where I'm going - Short term

So here's the deal.

I've held off adding new posts to the Village of Ordinary while I answered questions that were increasingly critical. Here is a sampling of issues weighing on me:
  • Should the people of Ordinary grow only native plants, or can they have exotic shrubs, trees and forbes?
  • How much do they rely on vehicles, what kind of vehicles do they use, and how do they power them?
  • We know they husband animals and crops, but how large do these operations get and how do they handle the offal?
  • What about cities? Do they exist? Did they exist in the past?
  • How do they respond to the threat of forest or range fires?
  • We know individuals observe different types of spirituality. How much religious diversity is likely to occur in a single village? And what brought it there?
  • What brought other diversity observed so far in the village, such as background and skin color?
  • Where do villagers obtain things like window glass, cooking utensils, and other tools? Do they make their own? Are there regional factories? Do villages specialize in certain goods or services?
  • We know the villages each have a name. What about regional names? What political boundaries, if any, exist in Ordinary?
I mentioned a deal. I commit to writing a post every day for the next two weeks, to discuss questions like these. In return, I'd feel much supported and gladdened if you were to share your thoughts as well. I invite you to join the discussion and pose your own questions. Your opinions matter. Together we can build a stronger vision.

It's a grand one, however Ordinary.


  1. If the people of Ordinary raise no more critters than can be pastured on their land, there will be no offal problem, only the wealth of manure worked into the soil and increasing fertility. Look to Joel Salatin: cows eat the grass and are rotated to fresh pastures; flys lay eggs in the cow pats; chickens are rotated in 3 days after the cows, to coincide with the hatching of the fly eggs. Chickens scratch/breakup/scatter the cow pats in their eagerness to eat the worms.

    Healthy cows = healthy chickens = no flies = healthy soil. He has rotational strategies for different critters.

    Pasture farming - not confinement farming - brings health to the entire food chain, including us.

  2. Hayden, thank you for your thoughtful and informed comments. I agree wholeheartedly. I saw only pasture farming as a child and learned of CAFO's (confined animal feedlot operations) as a young adult when we moved to a town that stunk of them every time a new group of animals (one certainly cannot call them a herd) was trucked up from South America.

    Pastured animals are clean. Their pastures bloom with clover, daisies, and other sweet forbes. Joel Salatin and his Polyface Farm are exemplary of the farming I envision for Ordinary. Thank you for mentioning it.


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