Last January I posted about a series of videos that the Stratton Foundation was going to be posting (1 a month) about Gene Stratton-Porter and her homesites in Indiana. At that time I explained more in depth about who Gene Stratton-Porter was. Today I’m going to share November’s posted video. I’ve added a second part of the title to this post because I want to make sure people who are interested in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s advocacy of a small farm life listen to the Stratton viewpoint. It’s also one that we share and do our best to emulate in our own family farm operation.
Video 11 is called “November 2014: Gene’s Agricultural Insight with Dennis & Doug.” It was published on YouTube on November 30, 2014.
They say: “This month Dennis [Stratton] and Doug [Stratton] have a conversation about Gene’s thoughts on agriculture and how they resemble Dennis’s current practices. Gene’s novels reveal her enlightening opinion on the subjects of farming and food.”
This month distant cousins Dennis and Doug discuss how agriculture is reflected in Gene’s books. Neither Dennis nor Doug grew up realizing the connection so they have only recently read Gene’s books. Dennis is a farmer himself and recognizes the honesty and good advice for living a good rural life. The especially look to Laddie: A True Blue Story which was based on the Stratton farm in the 1870s-1880s.
The basically make Laura Ingalls Wilder’ argument for a small farm life and suggest that it would be best for a quality life even now. They also stress the importance of diversity which is sadly lacking in today’s monoculture which means fields not only of only one plant, but of only one genetic stock.
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.