The time is upon us. It is time to prove your love for Liberty and the Constitution. It is time to stand and be counted among the defenders of liberty both ancient and new; for the freedom of those yet born. Quite often revolutions require the blood of patriots. Starting at midnight tonight true patriots will give their treasure in defiance of tyranny. We’ve already, this quarter, raised more money than any other Republican presidential candidate. Today we’ve almost reached our goal of twelve million dollars this quarter. Tomorrow, on the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, let’s blow the tyrants out of the water. Liberty is Brewing! Go to Tea Party 07 to pledge your treasure. Then tomorrow go to RonPaul2008.com and donate whatever amount you can. Join your local meetup group and get in the fray. Get out there and do something. If your state’s primary election is restricted to registered Republicans, be sure you register or change your party affiliation before the deadline. Make sure you know your state’s primary election date and when that day arrives proudly vote for Liberty. Vote for Ron Paul. The future depends on you.
Tonight we ate the first of the cabbage and broccoli for this season. It was absolutely wonderful. I planted seedlings of Bonnie Hybrid Cabbage the first of September. So that took about a hundred days. The broccoli came from a package of “fall blend.” This might not have been such a great idea, because I don’t have a clue which variety of the blend is doing so well. However, whichever it is, it’s ready much earlier than the Waltham 29, which was planted at the same time, the first week of September.
“What can city people do?” is the question Wendell Berry responds to in his 1989 essay “The Pleasures of Eating.” He begins with the suggestion to “Eat responsibly” because “eating is an agricultural act. Eating ends the annual drama of the food economy that begins with planting and birth.” Towards the end of the essay he adds the following list of very practical examples that we can follow in order to further participate in the reclamation of a healthy food economy.
1. Participate in food production to the extent that you can. If you have a yard or even just a porch box or a pot in a sunny window, grow something to eat in it. Make a little compost of your kitchen scraps and use it for fertilizer. Only by growing some food for yourself can you become acquainted with the beautiful energy cycle that revolves from soil to seed to flower to fruit to food to offal to decay, and around again. You will be fully responsible for any food that you grow for yourself, and you will know all about it. You will appreciate it fully, having known it all its life.
2. Prepare your own food. This means reviving in your own mind and life the arts of kitchen and household. This should enable you to eat more cheaply, and it will give you a measure of "quality control'': you will have some reliable knowledge of what has been added to the food you eat.
3. Learn the origins of the food you buy, and buy the food that is produced closest to your home. The idea that every locality should be, as much as possible, the source of its own food makes several kinds of sense. The locally produced food supply is the most secure, the freshest, and the easiest for local consumers to know about and to influence.
4. Whenever possible, deal directly with a local farmer, gardener, or orchardist. All the reasons listed for the previous suggestion apply here. In addition, by such dealing you eliminate the whole pack of merchants, transporters, processors, packagers, and advertisers who thrive at the expense of both producers and consumers.
5. Learn, in self-defense, as much as you can of the economy and technology of industrial food production. What is added to food that is not food, and what do you pay for these additions?
6. Learn what is involved in the best farming and gardening.
7. Learn as much as you can, by direct observation and experience if possible, of the life histories of the food species.
The entire essay “The Pleasures of Eating” by Wendell Berry can be found here