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    The Real Good Life: An Entire Village Turns Against Supermarkets and Grows Its Own Food

    "The Hampshire village is now home to hundreds of real life versions of the characters played by Felicity Kendall and Richard Briers, who lived off the land in the 1970s BBC comedy.

    They work on a rota system and raise their own chickens and pigs and grow potatoes, garlic, onions, chillis and green vegetables on eight acres of rented land.

    Of the 164 families who live in Martin, 101 have signed up as members of Future Farms for an annual £2 fee, although the produce can be sold to anyone who wants to buy it.

    The "community allotment" sells 45 types of vegetables and 100 chickens a week, and is run by a committee which includes a radiologist, a computer programmer and a former probation officer."

    The rest of the article is available here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/liv...n_page_id=1770

    I like the idea. What are your thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forestfrost View Post
    "The Hampshire village is now home to hundreds of real life versions of the characters played by Felicity Kendall and Richard Briers, who lived off the land in the 1970s BBC comedy.

    They work on a rota system and raise their own chickens and pigs and grow potatoes, garlic, onions, chillis and green vegetables on eight acres of rented land.

    Of the 164 families who live in Martin, 101 have signed up as members of Future Farms for an annual £2 fee, although the produce can be sold to anyone who wants to buy it.

    The "community allotment" sells 45 types of vegetables and 100 chickens a week, and is run by a committee which includes a radiologist, a computer programmer and a former probation officer."

    The rest of the article is available here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/liv...n_page_id=1770

    I like the idea. What are your thoughts?
    It is fabulous, but why restrict it to vegetables?

    The villagers could also open up a premises and sell other products that they cannot produce at a cheaper price than the supermarket now that they have the collective buying power.

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    Fantastic! This is what I call "creative resistance" :thumb001:

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    I think it a great mission this community has set itself.

    I have often had dreams of growing crops of sort to sustain me and my family. A lack of 'green fingers' has stopped me. I think supermarket prices are far in excess of what its real value is.

    I remember living with my partners family in N.I was nice for having fresh eggs every morning, so perhaps I may have chickens and perhaps a Goat for its milk :p
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    This could actually be the way forward. Not only will it strenghten a sense of community and might it be a tool in the preservation of crop varieties and even herbs (and other species) it might also help to preserve traditions. With a bit of luck it might also develop their skills for farming and survival- a thing that they will need when the cities and towns become absolute hell-holes.

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    It not only preserves traditions and crop varieties, it builds skills for farming that may someday become a necessity for survival.

    At least that is what I tell myself as I dig compost into what used to be lawn as I prepare a few more rows of vegetables - not enough to live on, but enough to improve by knowledge of gardening over last year. When the economy completely collapses, I should know how to feed myself and kin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loddfafner View Post
    It not only preserves traditions and crop varieties, it builds skills for farming that may someday become a necessity for survival.

    At least that is what I tell myself as I dig compost into what used to be lawn as I prepare a few more rows of vegetables - not enough to live on, but enough to improve by knowledge of gardening over last year. When the economy completely collapses, I should know how to feed myself and kin.
    That's exactly what I've been thinking about doing once I get a place of my own that with any luck will have the space for it. I managed to get my girlfriend interested in the idea. She wants to can vegetables. On top of vegetables and chickens, I would probably want rabbits and a goat or two. But I'll definitely just start out with vegetables.

    I've been having thoughts about the economy collapsing as well and how I would need to survive. These skills would be essential. I would have to figure out where to move to though...the people around here are likely to turn to cannibalism. ...or is it re-turn. :p

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    This sort of agricultural movement is one of the only sort of resistence that will give us ground. The governments are far too corrupt to be manipulated into giving our people any sort of respect or dignity. And for trivia, the volkish movement of the post industrial era that revitalized interest in Germanic paganism and values started as an agricultural youth movement.

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    How inspiring. What brave people! More power to their elbow, as we say over here! i hope they inspire other communities to follow suit. We need more of this.

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    This is like what I have been fantasizing about for a couple of years. I will inherit some arable and wood land, and my dream is to be self-sufficient there and have like-minded people buy land in the same village and we'd start a ethnically homogenous, self-sufficient community, ideally also based on heathen values/culture.

    I wouldn't need a modern, overspecialized job (can't imagine sitting in an office or painting walls for others all my life) but do almost everything on my own. Could chop and sell wood, have bees and sell honey and mead, have goat for milk and cheese, chickens for eggs and meat...

    This might just be a utopian dream but what is realistic is having a modern job and at least doing some of this on the side. If nothing else, it could lead to eventual later self-sufficiency for me or my descendants.

    What bothers me is things like the fact that eating fish equals eating toxics, and drinking water from your own well often equals drinking radon (although that is because of more natural causes than the modern toxics in the sea).

    And also that the place where the land I will inherit is seems to be infested with cancer; a lot of people have it — or it just seems so because everyone knows everyone. But one lady I talked to once mentioned five or six siblings with cancer (I don't know if that were all the children in the family, but there couldn't have been many more if not). Whether this is of genetical or environmental reasons (a lot of people drinking water from own wells) I don't know, it sucks either way and makes me doubt moving there.

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