Back to the land in the city

In the old days, like way back in the ‘60s, going “back to the land” usually involved buying a broken down farmstead and trying to live the simple life. Speaking as ones who did something on that order, we can say it certainly had its attractions, as well as its difficulties. But these days, people are bringing the back to the land ethic into the city in places like New York, Chicago and Madison. Just like the backyard chicken movement, it’s all part of the local food revolution. We may not all want to go back to the land, but we do care where our food comes from, how animals are treated and what goes into our food.

If you’re interested in what’s happening in the big cities, you can read all about New York here and Chicago here. But if you’re interested in what’s happening right here in Dane County, you might want to attend the urban farming seminar we’re having at CLUCK the Chicken Store from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 23.

Cindy Cameron-Fix and Dale Fix will explain how they have turned their quarter-acre lot on Madison’s north side into a farm that provides nearly all of their food needs. Chickens, bees and fruit trees combine with an extensive garden to make an urban/rural paradise of their city lot.

Cindy and Dale will share their learning about what went right for them and what can go wrong.
The seminar is free, but registration is required so we can be sure we have room for everyone. Email susan@cluckthechickenstore to sign up.