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Producer Culture & Household Economics

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Tobias J. Lanz, in the essay  "Economics Begins at Home" wrote: The destruction of the household economy is one of the most significant consequences of the modern revolutions of the last two centures. However, it is a subject that has received little attention....The shift of the most basic economic functions (especially food production, cooking, household chores, entertainment) away from the household to the marketplace accounts for much of the economic growth of the last several decades....The only thing that can really counter the consumer culture would be a "producer culture." ...when people actually produce more of what they consume, and this can only occur at the level of the household and community.

--from Beyond Capitalism and Socialism, ed. Lanz.

I want to have a producing household!
  • We stopped eating out a couple years ago--for so many reasons, yay yay yay. We're happier and healthier since I began learning to cook.
  • We don't have a TV and we mostly read, so we're not consuming much electronic media.
  • I grow all our bell peppers in the summer, and a couple other things in pots that deer don't like
  • ...but I would like to produce much, much more--I just need help thinking of the most beneficial things: how do I create actionable household production goals?

  • The Pemaculture City (Toby Hemenway) has an inset of 20 or 30 suggestions of what we could use our yards to produce, and that's a valuable list of potential items and suggested uses.
  • Building a Better World in Your Backyard (Paul Wheaton) has tons of useful information regarding fiscal solutions for the home which I find useful as well--need to pick a few to try in the new year.

  • Are there any other lists for making a productive household and generative home economy for urban/suburban dwellers?

    What changes have y'all made to generate from your household rather than merely consume at it?
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