Friday, August 3, 2012

Knitting, gardening and relocation

Homewoven dress and rug, Westmoreland Homesteads, Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Westmoreland homesteader wearing dress of cloth woven herself on homestead looms and working on rug woven by her homestead loom... c. 1936
"Homegrown food is homegrown wealth. The foresighted farmer makes a garden plan showing what to plant, when to plant, and when to make second plantings. The plan shows how to cultivate and keep the garden free of weeds, and what poison spray to use to kill the insects that might eat up the vegetables. A garden is meant to feed the family, not the bugs and worms" ~~1936
Example of self-resettlement in California. Oklahoma farm family on highway between Blythe and Indio. Forced by the drought of 1936 to abandon their farm, they set out with their children to drive to California. Picking cotton in Arizona for a day or two at a time gave them enough for food and gas to continue. On this day, they were within a day's travel of their destination, Bakersfield, California. Their car had broken down en route and was abandoned
I am thankful I have a better jar lifter than this lady had.

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