The question arises of who should get involved in suburban agriculture.
I’ve given this question a lot of thought. I’ve come up with so many different answers that the multitude of answers itself was the answer. In other words, everyone who gravitates towards suburban agriculture will have their own reason. Reasons of rebellion, the challenge, finances, the desire to have the best of city and field, and so on, can all play a role. For myself, I fell into the sub-ag life and developed a taste for it.
Yet, for newcomers, I wanted one thread to pull it all together. Here’s what I’ve come up with.
Someone who likes the idea of living in outer space will feel at home in sub-ag. Consider what life in a space station is like. Cramped quarters. Isolation from friends and family. Life’s mundane tasks that we take for granted suddenly loom large. Hygiene: how to keep the body clean and how to keep clothes clean. Sanitation: how to dispose of waste.
Of course, all these factors can arise in a myriad of Earthly situations, such as someone in poverty or in prison or on the run; someone who’s gone camping or caving; or someone in basic training. While sub-ag can have aspects of these kinds of activities, it is different from all these activities in that a sub-ag worker is willingly making a commitment to an existence that is to a great extent uncomfortable and bothersome while living in the midst of opportunities to live in comfort and ease. In this way it is like someone who willingly enters a rocket ship to fly thousands of miles into space to experience the adventure of creating a new way of being.
In our case, we are not an expeditiary force. We are intraditionary. We are flying into unknown parts of ourselves.