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, August 28, 2012

I can't add much to this. Well-said Dr. Cobb

A historian of culture and politics in the US south writes about GA's experience with economic downturn: Dr. Cobb's essay The broader trend towards unbridled laissez-faire economics (or, "neoliberalism" in academic-economic talk) is a global phenomenon with its roots in the early 1970s. Therefore it should be quite clear that it is cause of, not solution to, our current economic woes.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Uptown/Downtown in Old Charleston, Louis Rubin Jr

"Socially the city of Charleston was a very class-conscious city...Another word for this is snobbery. One reason for this was that there wasn't much money around Charleston then, and thus only so much opportunity for conspicuous consumption."

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Nature's Metropolis, William Cronon

On common (and contradictory) images of country and city: "At the two extremes of the urban axis were...the city as pinnacle of civilization versus the city as abyss of moral despair. At opposite poles of the rural axis were similar images: the country as pastoral utopia versus the country as stultifying backwater. No real place could ever fall so neatly into these categories, but the rhetorical oppositions are always ready at hand when one needs them. Depending on what one wanted to attack or defend, the contrast between city and country was always good for an argument."

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Radical Agriculture, 1976

"The growth of interest in community gardens and urban agriculture seems to be more than just a returning trend in our war-prosperity-depression cycle. Victory gardens have become inflation gardens, only this time local food production will probably have more lasting survival value, especially in a society whose food resources are controlled more and more by big business and a fossil-fuels technology."

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Plantation Enterprise in Colonial South Carolina, Edelson

"The word 'plantation,' historian Peter H. Wood has argued, has become so saturated with nostalgia for the Old South that its use cannot but conceal the realities of racial repression in early America. He urges us to speak more often of slave labor camps, a term that punctures comfortable illusions..."

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Dixie Emporium: Tourism, Foodways, and Consumer Culture in the American South

"The South is filled with ironies and contradictions resulting from the way the region has addressed anxieties about consumerism and the preservation (or distortion) historical memory...Sectional tensions invigorated efforts to strengthen regional unity just as the institution of slavery and later Jim Crow attempted to unite whites as the master class while uniting blacks through a shared subjugation. Southerners' exposure to tourists and investors, both of whom often bore preconceived notions about the region, further stimulated efforts at self-definition."

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Letters from an American Farmer, Crevecouer (1782, but still insightful)

"While it is all joy, festivity, and happiness in Charles Town [Charleston today, of course], would you imagine that scenes of misery overspread in the country?"