THE CASE FOR DECENTRALIZING FARMING AND ON-DEMAND AGRICULTURE: several lessons in slowly growing a couple lime trees in the outskirts of Dorinto, yo

“What you reading boss, yo?”, Bilta replies as he shuffles on the bench by the ocean near the cafe.

“It’s a small pamphlet I found in the earth.logs written by some loser about farming lime trees–it’s interesting and very useful if you have problems sleeping.”

“What’s it talk about?”, he replies as he he reaches into his bookbag and grabs a ham sandwich, “you have some ideas for the dairy.farm?”

“Yeah–that’s why I digital.printed it.  I think it could help with the bigger, overall, problem that they are having–what if they broke up the dairy.farm and made it more decentralized.  It would reduce the need for transportation costs–it’s good to have a couple cows in every neighborhood.  It helps moral how they constantly moo and shit.”

“You think that we should stop having large scale farming?”, Bilta asks as he takes a bite of the sandwich, “it seems cost-incurring to have small-scale farming operations instead of mass-producing products.”

“Every neighborhood has that person that should have a couple cows”, I reply as I flip through the pages in the pamphlet, “we’re going to propose finding an appropriate person to maintain the small herd of bovine.”

“You don’t want it to be in a community center or central location in close proximity to the neighborhood, yo?”

“That’s what my intuition says but the writer here says that actually having a person, or family, keep the cows helps teach about producing something useful for others–it instills a sense of community on an individual level.  Instead of externally helping the neighborhood–having someone in the area directly helping keeps them connected to the whole.  The community center idea is external; that weirdo with the cows in the neighborhood is internal.  Solve your problems internally–this means, as the writer explains, that having a specific person who produces milk in the neighborhood is more beneficial than a charity or hand-out from an external agent.  You want to solve problems where they are–he explains the success that they had when different people started producing one specific thing.  Keeping things in house lowers cost, always; you want to ask yourself this question, he mentions:

What do you produce?

From there, you can start to spice up the name or how you present it–start with a strong foundation.  Build on something tangible–instead of picking what you want to sell: pick what you have or can offer.  Be the person that produces that.

“What the fuck is that?”

“Milk”, I reply as I roll my eyes, “see who is the appropriate person in each local neighborhood to maintain the cows–on-demand digital.milk.  You want to make sure that neighborhoods are close enough that given a problem in the production stream–the source, the couple cows, in this instance, are vital but not the only option.”

“Me encanta huevos.”

“Excuse me?”, I respond to Bilta as I turn my head to him, “I understand what you are saying–but, what’s the point?”

“My wife wants a couple chickens–she wants to start producing, the chickens, eggs and offering the surplus local.  It’s her idea to lower our household costs–producing food, something useful and tangible, on our property, locally.  You can’t get more local then yourself.

“I wonder if we should write up a small business plan about decentralizing the cows and adding chickens, maybe a couple cucumbers, yo?”

“Why the fuck should we include cucumbers?”

“Because, sometimes, it’s not what you want to do–it’s what you can do.”