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Here, then, is the last(ish) blog entry for my 'Lands on the Margin'. I really like the idea, and it's tough to end it as a separate idea from my other blogs. However, if you are interested in the concept, please note that I will be posting 'Lands' entries at my other blog, "Agrarianista."
I've come to realize a couple of things over the past year with regards to my version of home agrarianism and urban homesteading: It involves a strong, well-balanced connection to the local wild lands.
Joel Salatin once noted to Michael Pollan that his farm wasn't just the "productive" acres, but needed the open, wild space where he didn't directly grow anything. Watershed quality was one factor, and I believe the windbreak it provided was another.
I'm no Joel Salatin, but I can parallel the concept, and especially in California. I do some things on my little chunk of land pretty well (I've got duck eggs coming out my hoo-haa), but other things escape the capabilities of my soil (like squashes, interestingly enough).
But, as in the tradition of thousands of years of humans living here (and I count myself abundantly lucky to be grafted to the tree of California history), I rely to a great deal on what the wild has to offer me. In particular, I rely on the things I may forage throughout the year from the edgelands, from figs to river reed.
So, I've moved my blog posts on this concept to my Agrarianista blog. I've also moved my occasional series posts (edible plants, now edible and useful plants, and gear reviews) to stand-alone pages at Agrarianista.
I will also keep the 'Lands on the Margin' blog name and space, just in case.