OCTOBER 1, 2007
A city man recently decided to become self sufficient with his food needs. He grew plants and raised animals for slaughter in his tiny (by Beartown standards) back yard. He was able to eliminate the chemicals and fertilizers that are usually used on America's traditional farms. Transportation charges for the produce and meats were nonexistent. Therefore the food should be of excellent quality and no more costly. His family would be thrilled!
The young chicks grew fast along with the ducks and rabbits. Soon there were eggs and fresh meat. The new topsoil and frequent watering encouraged the many vegetables to grow quickly. But the man's family were soon upset with the "farmer's" long hours and the animal's many smells and noises.
The "farmer" decided it was to analyze his now full time vocation. Using data from a local grocery store (not available for rabbits) , seeds, animal stock, topsoil, lumber, wire, miscellaneous hardware, attorney consultations, a freezer, wrapping paper, canning jars, etc., he arrived at a figure of negative $469/hour for his labor.
The "farmer" made the decision to sell his little city house and lot and moved to Beartown where he, now a true FARMER, and his family lived "HAPPILY EVER AFTER"!!! and bought most food from the local store.