And don't forget that 13% of us don't live in cities.
Ian Dalziel, 5 days ago:
The Personal Honesty Box – (or jar) beside the computer – every time you feel that something deserves a payment toss a coin in the jar –
A couple of the blogs that I regularly frequent (don't ask) have a Tip Jar prominently displayed. It's that easy - a couple of clicks- and it's always open for business.
It seems to be a general trend on all the blogs that I have frequented over the last several years, that the rate of dropping out is increasing, and all of those blogs are asking questions about their respective futures.
Has Peak-Blog already passed? It seems that Facebook and Twitter are displacing some traffic, even though they serve a different function.
Or is it the absence of any burning issue?
I mean the imminent collapse into anarchy of Turkey, Thailand , and the Ukraine is just same old, same old , isn't it?
Are we just encountering the annual drawing inward as winter approaches? That seems unlikely.
Are we just blogged out? I see Cactus Kate has called it a day.
Maybe we are just being more selective. Maybe the tendency now is to just read , and not comment.
The point being that an insolvent family farm, which is being put up for public auction, is not in a position to provide paid employment for anybody , family member or not.
And on - call 24/7/52 jobs (which pay reasonably well) are not easy to come by :-)
"or don’t know about"
Yes I suppose that there are people who know what they want or need , but don't know where to find it.
I assumed that anything can be found on the net , but there are some people who don't do that stuff.
When we launch a new product we just do a few strategic in-store tastings to get the ball rolling , and then let the product grow from there. If it's a good product then word gets around, at least to the extent that it keeps us busy.
I wonder if you can recall how you came across these products. I would presume that it was not as a result of an advertisement because we have not attempted anything along those lines. Occasionally a business has asked us to sponsor a feature that might have some connection to what we do, but those sorts of things are more in the way of support for the medium , rather than the product, or the business.
I'm just pondering what Russell is proposing here, and it just throws up questions.
My assumption has always been that if you are pushing a product that most people neither want , nor need, then you advertise.
If you go the other way, and produce an item in response to a want or a perceived need , then people who are looking to fill that need will find the item, and if they are satisfied then they will tell others ;that's how we have always worked.
Growth in this way is organic , manageable , and inexpensive.
What Russell does here is art : he is a writer.
Advertising copy and art just seem like strange bed-fellows.
"Is your website link your business?"
We were lucky to get some on-farm guidance from Peter Proctor back in the 70s. Herbert Koepf was also a visitor, as was Carl Hoffman.
A lot of it was about making a place to rear some children , and so we were guided by the thesis set out in Karl Ege's book - "An Evident Need of Our Times".
We were lucky to score an old schoolhouse , which we moved to a paddock , and it all grew from there. We barely survived the '87 crash , but we got a lucky break there when the mortgagee sale was unable to proceed.
The initial impetus was a desire to save the family farm which my grandfather had started back in the 40s.
We knew that conventional agriculture was not going to make that possible, so we were open to anything.
Nice sentiment ; sort of like the busker’s hat on the footpath.
The age -old conflict between art and survival.
FG found it easier to accept no payment for art and to work at something else for the survival, thereby obtaining the sort of artistic freedom that is universally desired.
It’s perfectly natural to view the coming of the cold and darkness with some trepidation.
To maintain a condition of negative entropy takes energy ; energy that comes , in our little corner of the planet, from the sun, which supplies less every day until the shortest day around the 20th of June.
FG counts himself as fortunate to have a job which pays $25/hr for 80 hours every week , for 52 weeks a year. It’s constant.
But he had to create the business which pays him that wage ; nobody else would do that.
And it had to be original, productive, and competitive.
But that is what creativity is for , isn’t it?
It’s unusual that the farming press is taking up this issue. On the other hand , the truth will always out.
What chance of either of the main political parties, . . . actually any political parties . . . addressing this issue?
How much longer can we allow economic necessity to override environmental degradation?
How much longer must the mainstream dairy industry be protected from both economic and environmental reality?
The social consequences of this industry aren’t too flash either. A lot of social capital has been destroyed in the last 40 years.
Taking up Gareth Morgan's point about a level playing field in dairying . . .
Here is what Gareth Morgan and Geoff Simmons had to say recently :-
” What we would say is (that) the market structures around dairying are . . . driving that quest for more cows – a level playing- field would sort that (out) , and while on-farm investment would become less attractive, downstream investment would take up any slack.”
What would a level playing- field look like?
The repeal of the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act might be a necessary precondition to the establishment of the type of alternative dairy manufacturing which avoids the ill effects of the present model.
An alternative approach would be to deal with the distortions inherent in the Fonterra Milk Pricing Manual (which is no longer followed by Fonterra anyway).
A removal of the distortions would enable new dairy manufacturers to obtain raw milk at somewhere close to its true value, and would inevitably raise the value of dairy company shares , and also dramatically increase the dividends from ownership of those shares.
The whole concept of “added-value” in dairying needs to be re-examined in an open and honest way.
In truth , every thing the industry does , beginning with the refrigeration of the raw milk on the farm , is adding value to a highly perishable product which has no immediate market in this country , or even across the Tasman.
The way that “added-value” is currently defined by the Fonterra Milk Pricing Manual is a very long way from reality.