Someone who likes the idea of living in outer space will feel at home in suburban agriculture. Consider what life in a space station or spaceship is like. Cramped shared quarters. Isolation. Life’s mundane tasks that often taken for granted suddenly loom large such as 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 suburban agriculture (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 an expeditiary force. We are flying into unknown parts of ourselves. We are finding the pleasure that results from synchronizing with the rhythms of an Earth day. We become at one with sunrise and sunset, with the sky above and the soil beneath, with the routine of feeding our animals as well as ourselves.
By marching in lockstep with nature we unlock our potential to feel and think as Mankind was meant to. We don’t abandon all that technology has to offer; we just don’t enslave ourselves to it. We use smartphones in a smart way and the comforts of life then remain fresh and comfortable instead of dry and confining.
Let this notebook then be a journal of the journey to suburban agriculture in MoCo.