In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with Gary "Pa Mac" McWilliams about the simple things you can do to build a self sustainable farm or home garden.
Gary is going to teach us the simple things he does for building soil fertility which is especially important if you engage in a lot of intensive gardening techniques such as square foot gardening.
He'll teach us how he is able to build better soil at the same time he is growing on it, Gary will give us the low down on how his chickens play a vital role in sustainable farming and gardening and he'll touch on why worms are your best friends.
About this episode's guest, Gary "Pa Mac" McWilliams
I grew up in southwest Arkansas, on the same 40 acres that my Daddy’s daddy, the original “Pa Mac”, farmed and lived on from about the 1930’s till he passed from this world in 1972. My parents, though not commercial farmers, had both grown up in subsistence farm settings. They continued to live the lifestyle of the southern traditional farm, and passed on to my brother, sister, and me a knowledge of country ways that had been taught them, as well as good work ethics and biblical teaching.
Like most young ‘uns, I was a lot older before I realized “the enjoyment of hard work” was not the oxymoron I sized it up to be. My parents had no hesitation when it came time to stick a hoe in my hand and point out which row of beans were “mine” for the next hour.
Looking back, I now know that you can love things without liking them, and even without realizing you’re loving them. Then at some point, the day comes when you find out...you like them. I can’t tell you when exactly that happened for me, but that’s where I find myself today all the same: I like “loving” farming.
To get the full story that sheds a bit of light on why I do some of the things I do with the website, the show and all, I invite you to watch episode one of The Farm Hands Companion Show. That is, if you've got about 8 minutes you can spare. Hopefully you'll enjoy it, and it will have saved me even more typing here. Happy farming, and may God grant you to be “working with your hands the thing which is good”.