The New Old-Fashioned Farmer


Rhonda CrankWe call ourselves New Old-Fashioned Farmers. Why, you ask? I'm so glad you did. We call ourselves this because we farm the way my grandparents taught me, like their parents taught them, in manner that is, since we farm in a modern, tech filled world. Balance is the key to life. We have found a balance that works for us between the old ways of my great-grandparents and grandparents and the modern tools available to us.

When our grandparents and great-grandparents were young and gardening, they didn't have some of the concerns we have today. Their seeds were natural, organic seeds just because that's what they planted, those are the seeds they harvested, and the cycle repeated itself. They would never believe the things that we have to face or make decisions on. Like planting non-GMO, organic, heirloom seeds; how to fertilize organically; how to enrich stripped soil that has been abused; or even how much we want to depend on the grid; how much technology do you want on your farm ... on and on we could go.

Early Morning In Garden 

Every farmsteader/homesteader, whichever you prefer, has to find the balance for themselves, their farm, their family. Some try to say that you have to meet certain standard to be able to call yourself a farmsteader/homesteader. This is just simply not true.

Some of us, and I often wish I was one of them, are completely off-grid. They live and work the way people did 75 to 100 years ago. You won't read much about them because, well, they're off-grid.

Some are like me, in the middle. We use the same farming principles that our grandfathers did, while using tools like planters, chainsaws, wood splitters, broadforks and others they did not have available. Yet we do this with common sense and a goal of self-sufficiency while being stewards of our land, not possessors and users. We prefer to use the old timers' ways of fertilizing and soil maintenance. It works, it is good for the food, good for the soil, and good for us!

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