Homesteading, Organic Gardening, How to Farm, Preparedness, Self-Reliance
So I had a great connection with Agriculture when I was young. Teenage years as with most people where full of angst and peer pressure, following trends and fashions seemed all important. I left Wales to go to university in High Wycombe in the south of England to study business management. Who knows what you want to do at 19? The college years where a laugh interspersed with last minute studying!
I don't recall having any link with Agriculture during this period, I had lost contact with my farming family and seemed hell bent on enjoying life. Culture predicted that I go out and earn as much money as possible to the detriment of principles and standards. I, of course at this age, conformed. I left University with a reasonable grade and took a sales position with British Telecom. This soon led to a sales management role within the company and the money was rolling in. So at 23 with all the money I could need to live comfortably what did I do.. Spend it of course! I went from a fit 14st to an unfit 16st and I tended to drink too much and eat junk food (partying does not allow time to eat properly).
This went on for quite a few years. I left British Telecom (2001) and moved back to Wales for a short period, as My mother was Ill. Later that year my great friend Russ invited me to an interview for an Insurance sales role in Nottingham, England, and I got the Job. But still blinded by earning money and liking to party the cycle continued. Its strange how when you are in this cycle, you know its no good for you, You know your health is suffering as well as friendships, but you carry on. Please don't think these where all bad times, I met some brilliant people and have some very good memories.
Towards the end of my time in Nottingham (2006/7) I started getting interested in cooking, Not until then had I really taken time to examine food, as with most people my mother had taught me the basics, only when you start experimenting with food do you really become aware/care about how the food is produced. Slowly the relationship with Agriculture became important again. I attribute this re-awakening to Hugh Fearnley-Whitingstall! I watched hours of A Cook On The Wildside and his River Cottage series and that was it, I was back on the trail of wanting to be tied into Agriculture. rivercottage.net Chefs like Rick Stein and Gordon Ramsey reinforced the message of ethically raised meat constantly, Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall exposed the disgraceful treatment of intensively raised poultry. After seeing this why wouldn't you want to produce your own?
|Dad and Sue With 2 of the 4 Chickens I had.|
I bought Chickens for the Back Yard, which for the Chickens was brilliant, they where treated like Queens, for my landscaping and flower garden it was a disaster! they had a great escape mentality but the neighbors warmed to them, especially when I would share the eggs each weekend. Eventually I moved back to North Wales again and this is the time I met my Beautiful wife Alison. The chickens went to a good home which I inspected before letting them go.
Next time I will talk about the the last 4 years, Alison and I's experiences here in Canada with Chicks, Sheep and Immigration!!!
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