Every guest to Falster Farm learns the value of asking for help. Getting help is a mature and agrarian solution to learning and growing as well as accomplishing a task. One of the short falls of the modern artificial society is its false cinematography view of western individualism, its notion of the family less “loner” severely accomplishing super human tasks, as my Drill Instructor used to say, “a 007.” But let’s grind that axe at another time.
Economics of farm life are enhanced by getting neighborly help and in exchange for that help trade something of comparable value. Or equally, learn a new skill from an “old hand” for profit or joy. Recently two young women graduates with Masters Degrees from a German University applied and were accepted to come to Falster Farm so they could learn about our style of all natural farming.
One day, while “working fence” on the Hay Meadow, one of them asked if I could teach her catch a fish? She had never been fishing and yet knew from the American Sports TV Channel that people in the South catch fish. I informed the young lady she was “smack dab in the middle” of the Bass Capital of Texas. Well after several of us helped her translate that “smack dab” into German precision, we set the next day (Saturday) as our day to go and show the crew how I catch a “mess of fish.” On this place it ain’t “show and tell”, it’s “go and show” we teach by immersion, i.e. get into it.
So, we go to a neighbors large pond and learn how to paddle a canoe quietly. How to gig a fishing pole, various types of baits and lures etc. as well as the effect color of the water, atmospheric pressure and how to read their signs, moon phase and cosmic influences at hand, has on all animal live above and below the surface. As my German and Swiss girl friends stood there with their mouths open. (I’m guessing they really just wanted to get a line wet, or kill a couple of minnows.)
To finish off a perfect learning experience is to enjoy the fruits on one’s labor. So we went back to Falster Farm and got out the on-farm processing tools. Be it a wild hog captured and killed or a nice deer for venison, we are learning the life cycle for the sustainability of the event and life. We will learn to:
Then the offal goes to the compost pile so that it can enrich (feed) the soil bacteria that grows the salads that we enjoy with the meal. Anywhere from 80 to 95% of our dining experience at the Falster’s table is grown on Falster Farm (or surrounds.) Pretty neat.