Giving the Farm a Hand – Modern Farmer

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A cow in my neck of the woods, western Värmland, Sweden

A cow in my neck of the woods, western Värmland, Sweden

Lately I have thought and written a lot about farming – or adopting semi-agricultural activity into my life (e.g. getting some hens). I was happy, then, to stumble on an article about a year-old magazine, Modern Farmer, that has rather defied the odds both in being successful (as print media is not really the cutting edge of publishing, is it?) and in being popular – and lauded. I could not be happier about it.

The new age of modern farming perhaps ensures that we will not see the last farmer so soon.

The Last Farm short film: A new meaning to DIY

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Years ago at a film festival in Iceland, I saw the short film The Last Farm (Síðasti bærinn). It has been years since I saw it and stumbled recently upon a link to the film and watched it again. It is as stark and arresting (both visually and in the simple storytelling) as when I originally watched it. Nothing like taking matters into one’s own hands.

Meanwhile I have been thinking about furniture, home improvements and sitting in the sun during my few moments of free time. Spring came mercifully early to the Nordics this year, and I am eating it up. Speaking of eating, I love discovering amazing places in hidden spots. Recently stumbled on Grön Ko in Säffle (which is sort of the middle of nowhere), and I am in love with it. I am always looking for ways to get more local, non-processed foods. I long for more vegetables and herbs, but it is also nice (if bothering with meat) to source it somewhere that is not a faceless, vast grocery chain.

Also speaking of eating, there will be a big bake coming up shortly.