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Woofing Log: Costly Food Worth the Pennies You Spend

My second and third days at the farm were filled with the same task, weed removal. Got more used to it and I have managed to increase my speed in removing those pesky weeds, but Valentine, the French with amazing beard, can remove those weeds much much faster than I am. He might have some secret technique or he is just used to remove those weeds or maybe it is just his beard power!! Sorry Valentine ๐Ÿ˜‰ I grew more appreciative with ecologically grown food because of this. Weed removal is a tedious job and requires a lot of patience.

On my previous post, I said that I am going to enter an idyllic farming experience. In fact, it is not as idyllic as I have imagined before. The idyllic life begins just before dinner, but before that, there are so many things need to be done in the farm. I have basically spent three days plucking weeds from the farm for almost three hours a day. Although the busiest season in Sweden is early May to June where people starts planting and August is the harvesting season, but in July all the other chores should be done. Things like fixing road, barn, transporting goods, cooking, cleaning and other manual labors. Making oil is done all year round.

If you compare with regular farm, the work is more than doubled. In regular farm you can use pesticide, poison and other chemicals to get rid of pests, weeds and to help enhance the probability of good harvests. But in eco-farm, no chemical or poison are allowed. So the odds of having good harvest are reduced by many unpredictable factors. If you understand this, you will also appreciate that eco-labeled food is more expensive than mass-produced food.

But even though many campaign are raised, majority of people don’t really bother with this. I, for one, already knew about the benefits of this but I just didn’t give a damn. I do have the lingering curiosity about why people get really into green living, sustainability, eco-friendly, vegetarianism, etc. That’s one of the reasons why I decided to do this. Just reading about these issues is not going to move me. On the other hand, experiencing things by myself works so much better and to be able to eat what you grow yourself is pretty awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m just a practical person; I will not jump into bandwagons by simple preaching. Besides, experiencing something is much more fun right?


July 9, 2011 - Posted by | Eco, Farm, Sweden | , , , , ,

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