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So my Birthday is coming up. I don’t really care that I’m going to be another year older and another year wiser; I’ll still get up in the morning and go to work and read a book and maybe have a cupcake. I don’t relish in the thought of being showered with gifts. But I know Those Among my dedicated and lovely friends and family will insist on something. You always do. I love you for it. And it’s usually something I actually use.
I don’t like things that are wasteful in any sense. I want to be able to get life out of things I own. So I have made a list that might be helpful. Some of you may already be privy to this, but I have made major life decision in the last year. I want to be farmer. I want to grow on my own land. I want to incorporate chefs and citizens into my life plot. I want to build my own business with my own hands. I call this plan FarmLab 2020. By 2020, that’s 7 years, I want to have made significant progress towards reaching this goal: either be in negotiations for land, setting up produce accounts, or even starting a season.
Sticking with my Code On Wastefulness and Efficiency, I ask that for the remainder of my life, for all the future birthdays and gift-giving holidays, here is a list of Things I Need To Start My Own Farm. If I start accumulating now, think of how much less of a stress-bomb it’s going to be when I really start digging ;)
The List (in no particular order)
- Long-handled shovels
- Ditch-digging shovel
- Post-hole digging shovel
- Trellis stakes (unspecified amount)
- Trellis netting (ditto)
- Stake pounder
- Work gloves (not the pansy kind, the gripping kind. I like the bamboo gardening gloves.) Lotsovem.
- Work pants (ditto)
- Harvest knives- stainless steel
- Harvest containers
- Rachette straps
- Pitch forks- 3-tine hay fork, 4-tine manure fork, 10-tine silage fork
- Long-handled hoes (I like the Korean Hoes (insert joke here)).
- Knife and hoe files
- Trellis clips
- Drip tape (unspecified amount)
- Farm truck
- Large flat-bed hitch-trailers
- Seeding flats of all sizes!
- Hoop houses/greenhouses
- Heat lamps
- ****Seed stock!! (Gift certificates to seed companies like Seed Savers Exchange, non-GMO and NO MONSANTO/CARGILL/DUPONT/SEMINIS. Here’s a good site to start)
- Wheel barrows and wagons for carting heavy things
- Reemay (lots and lots)
- Chicken wire
- Chicken coop
- Delivery truck
- Irrigation system- hoses, sprinklers, Waterboys
- 5 gallon buckets
- Utility knives (like Leatherman)
- Tools- pliers, screwdrivers, wrenches, hammers etc etc etc)
- Plow and disc-er
- Tractor with bucket
- Row seeders with discs (like Earthway Seeders)
- Row markets
- Knee pads
- And when in doubt, gift certificates to hardware and gardening stores like Menards, Ace, Fleet Farm, Home Depot, and any smaller local specialty garden centers, of course :)
Some of these things are easier given as gifts than others. This is my entire working list, it changes, and by no means to I expect to be given everything. I feel awkward about even putting this up, but I know it’ll be helpful to some.
So I love you! Peas and tanks!
- James Glanz, “Saving Our Soil”
THIS IS BLOWING MY MIND. Holy tillage, Batman.