Dateline: 8 August 2013
|This photograph, by Richard W. Brown, accompanies "The Pumpkin Watcher" in the October 1980 issue of Blair & Ketchum's Country Journal magazine|
Today's blog post is something different and special. It came about after I bought 21 old issues of Blair & Ketchum's Country Journal magazine yesterday at the Steam Pageant flea market in Canandaigua, N.Y. (I wrote about it HERE). I started looking through the old magazines and realized many of the articles were a great resource for agrarian-minded people. But, sadly, the magazine has been out of print for many years.
I went to the internet to see if I could find any archives or articles from the now defunct Country Journal, and there is practically nothing, though I did find the obituary for Richard M. Ketchum, who owned and edited the magazine back in it's day.
It's a shame that the information, and inspiration in those old magazine issues are no longer available, and that situation got me thinking about re-publishing some of the articles to the internet.
One article I came across and felt was well worth reprinting is "The Pumpkin Watcher," by Castle W. Freeman, Jr., in the October 1980 issue of the magazine.
Mr. Freeman's article touches on themes that are, or should be, important to rural people looking to be more self-reliant, (especially as we head into the probable collapse of western civilization). Besides that, the man is clearly a polished writer, and it is always a pleasure to read something that is well-written.
When the idea of re-publishing this article came to me, I did a Google search for Mr. Freeman and found His Web Site. I sent an e-mail, asking permission to republish The Pumpkin Watcher here. Permission came quickly and I had my son type it out for me this afternoon.
We all tend to breeze through what people have written on their blogs, but I encourage you to take a few extra minutes to absorb and enjoy this excellently-written and thought-provoking perspective on growing pumpkins...and so much more.
The Pumpkin Watcher
by: Castle W. Freeman, Jr.
What do we garden toward? A neighbor of mine shakes two hundred pounds of potatoes out of her garden in September. She has said, in disdain at another neighbor whose orderly, middle-size garden is given to lettuce, peas cucumbers, each in a half-dozen varieties, “He’s a salad gardener. He might as well be growing zinnias and petunias.”
|Front cover of the October, 1980 issue of Blair & Ketchum's Country Journal|