Monday, 5 January 2015

Woden's Folk Ethel Project

More information on the Ethel Project here. This project was started by English Wodenists in the Midlands in the 1980's as a way of sharing information on growing home produce. 

In the new spring I'll be adding articles to this blog, as well as contributing to the Woden's Folk Ethel Project with my own experiences with growing fruit and veg.

All Wehrbauer readers are encouraged the read the books but the self sufficiency guru John Seymour, whose love of the natural world meant he embraced an organic approach to homesteading, whilst still maximising production. He really is regarded the 'father' of the self sufficient! 

My own garden is now being prepared for the spring. When I moved into my home there were over 30 trees in the garden, unfortunately not one was a fruit tree! The winter months are ideal for tree planting as trees are dormant during the cold months. So to put this right I've planted apple, plum and gage which will  provide fruit and will also act as a natural hedge, which will of course in turn help the wildlife, especially the wild birds.

One of the worst farming practises in modern age is the 'super' farms *, vast acres of land growing a monocultured crop. Farms today are owned by business and wealthy land owners. The farmers themselves are tenets and have little say in how farms are managed. The removal of the natural hedges has had a disastrous effect of our wildlife, as well as contributing to land erosion. 

We can help put this right by planting natural hedges, or even just a few fruit trees in the garden, which will after a few years provide fruit for the family - and will taste far better than those from the supermarket! And unlike growing veg - growing fruit is very easy, as once you have planted your tree or fruit bush, nature will take care of the rest, thus a relatively hassle free means of food production. Even bad or rotten fruit can be composted.

This winter join in and plant a fruit tree!

* Walter Darre (The National Socialist Peasant Leader) banned farms from becoming larger than 500 acres in size and ensured that all farms became Erbhof farms, meaning that a bank could never seize a farm from the owner.

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