The Scoop

Landship Foods is inspired by the conviction that growing and eating healthy food is one of the most important things we can do for both ourselves and the broader communities of which we are a part. The name comes from the language of pre-industrial Europe. Before the enclosure movement and the associated rise in notions of private property swept England, the suffix “-ship” (as in "relationship," or "friendship") referred to an object or an abstraction with collective duties and mutual rights. Thus, the term “landship” suggests that land was an entity through which humans were joined to each other by a set of rights and responsibilities. I advocate for a revival of this awareness.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Inventing Traditions

All traditions have a history. They begin somewhere, sometime. Traditions only gain that label and the associated notoriety through some kind of social negotiation or political maneuver. Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger conceptualize this phenomenon as "the invention of tradition".

This maxim applies equally to food traditions. Over the holidays our family decided to smoke a small hog I got from a farmer here in Athens.

The whole hog roast is an event that I enjoy just about as much as any other, and as such have written about it here several times. But we have never smoked one at home before. I am hoping we can invent that tradition!

I started some sauerkraut fermenting a few weeks ago and it was ready when I got back to Athens, so I decided to make a meal out of the kraut and leftover pork. I highly recommend it.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Collard Season

The ham hocks and onions are stewing away on the stove to make a big pot of stock for my collard harvest.

A few months ago a friend gave me some extra collard starts that he had, so I dug up a new, small bed right outside the back door for 'em. And now I have a huge pile that will cook down into a reasonable size for a potluck I am going to tonight.

My dog was a little confused about what happened to them, though...

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Occupy Absentee-Owned Farmland

As city governments across the nation figure out "socially-acceptable" ways to force Occupy folks out of public space, many of the protesters and their supporters are trying to channel the energy of the occupations into continuing discussions about income inequality in the US. I ran across a blog posting by Ohio farmer and writer Gene Logsdon recently that offered a provocative avenue.

Check out his thoughts here.

His thoughts point to an interesting conundrum: Considering plenty of rural folk are in the 99%, why is it that Occupy is largely a big city phenomenon?

I guess this is just another version of Thomas Frank's combustible question:
What's the Matter with Kansas?