“Agraryanism,” it is a funny little pun which represents an important and overlooked concept for any nationalist movement; how does a nation feed itself?
The story of our own people is that of an agrarian existence. Millennia ago, in our European homelands, our ancestors settled and farmed the land. Once our forefathers established colonies in the New World, the first enterprise into which they thrust themselves was the clearing and establishment of farmland for the sustainment of the colonial population. As their descendants, we are inextricably linked to the ancient vocation of farming. Though we no longer face many of the environmental pressures that first forced our predecessors to take up the plow, a silent scarcity is slowly imposing itself on to our food supply chain.
Twice every decade the USDA conducts a census concerning the state of agriculture in the United States. The most recent survey, conducted last year (2017), will almost certainly show the continuation of several alarming trends. The most disconcerting of which is the 30 year trend of the steadily increasing average age of farm operators in the U.S. A plurality of farmers are white males close to retirement age. According to the 2012 census there has also been a decrease in the overall population of farmers, down 3.1% from the 2007 report. On the surface these trends serve as a stark reminder of the continually decaying state of White America. However, as with all of life’s hurdles, they also present a golden opportunity for people with a certain degree of agency and motivation to gain a strong foothold in a market which is of great logistical importance.
In the remainder of this article I will attempt to break down these current problems with farming and consider the barriers to entry to this vocation. Then, I’ll discuss a few of the opportunities that the practice of farming presents for the nationalist. Finally, I will briefly review how we can activate that practice into serving our people.
In 2012, if you were to randomly choose a farm in the United States in all likelihood it would be owned and operated by a white male with an average age of roughly 58. Between 2007 and 2012 that average age increased 2%. A full one third of all farmers in 2012 were aged 65 or older, retirement age. This is in line with the demographics of other skilled trades but farming is unique in many ways compared to say, a union electrician.
When a man decides to join the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers he merely has to show up to the union hall, pass a drug test and purchase some inexpensive hand tools. The hall will provide him training and get him opportunities for employment with local contractors. On the other hand, for a man to enter into the agricultural trade he must either: spend tens of thousands of dollars on an ag. degree, secure himself an internship at an already established farm or do his own research and strike out on his own. Next, the budding farmer must acquire arable land on which to farm and on top of that he may have to spend thousands for infrastructure and specialized equipment.
Why would anyone even attempt farming unless he inherited an existing operation? While these hurdles seem daunting and even insurmountable they can be overcomed and circumnavigated with some agency and creativity. Additionally, there are some great rewards to be had which accompany a life dedicated to agriculture.
Chief among these rewards is the potential for a decent personal income. The average net income of a farm in 2012 was roughly $43,000, an increase of 29% from 2007. A small farm can be even more lucrative than that given the nature of its produce and method of distribution. Another benefit to farming is that, when done with proper and tender management, a farm can be a boon to the environment. On her own, mother nature will survive but with good stewardship she will thrive which brings me to my final and most tangible reward. The production and harvest of quality, healthful food for your family and nation.
How does a man engage in farming in such a way that he can glean all the benefits that a thoughtful, deliberate management of nature can provide? The most important thing to do is largely ignore the methodologies and systems of the contemporary monocultural globalist factory farming zeitgeist.
Certainly much has been learned about the science of food production from our current system. In the hundred and fifty or so years of industrial farming we’ve developed crops resistant to drought and disease, livestock which reaches slaughter weight in a fraction of the time it took our ancestors and developed distribution systems which provide food to the masses 365 days of the year. At what cost? The raping of the earth via topsoil erosion, use of cancer causing insecticides and herbicides, disposal of toxic waste material from poultry and pig farms, etc. But I think there is an overlooked cost which is that, the burden of this system has all been foisted upon the back of the white farmer resulting in massive debt, increased suicide risk and perpetual servitude to farming conglomerates which pillage his potential income.
What then should be done in order to reclaim our agricultural future and food production system? I think we need to look to the past and revive our agrarian roots and direct them inwards towards our own people. In other words, “agraryanism”. Farming must become a smaller, more efficient and locally oriented enterprise. Accomplishing that goal has never been easier than it is now. Thanks to systems developed by visionaries such as Jean-Martin Fortier, Curtis Stone and Joel Salatin who, himself, embodies the essence of aristocratic southern agrarianism. The use of social media for targeted marketing and product distribution. Budding farmers who adopt and adapt these models can succeed at creating a profitable enterprise that produces wholesome food.
By reclaiming our past we can secure our future. Let us embrace the opportunities which are in front of us and use them to build a sustainable future for our nation.
Jean-Martin Fortier – Le Ferme des Quatre Temps
Joel Salatin – Polyface farms
Curtis Stone – The Urban Farmer
-By Bertram Marshall