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New Favorite Song


Gary came across this excellent Paul McCartney song the other day “Heart of the Country“. He was excited to discover such an excellent melody as was I. Maybe this will become the Marcoccia theme song. We do want a little farm someday. I love the beach video with Sir Paul and his original true love Linda very sweet.


I’m totally getting into these youtube clips fun stuff…

oh, and here is a little bonus poem/rant of Gary’s…

Can’t trust the machine. Rotten food consumed by helpless babies
with families that can’t afford to pay for anymore than the big
grocery store brands. Time to farm it up. Be sustainable. Don’t
rely on semi-trailers hauling rotten spinach and meat 2000 miles
to make you sick, or die.

We’re coming to farm it up my friend. Here is a preliminary 3-
year plan I am spewing out as I type…this outlines our
migration to the heartland of my youth. A place with forests
and lakes.

  • Year 1:
    • Potatoes & tomatoes galore to get the soil conditioned
    • Install coup and bring 12 Hens on board, with one Rooster
    • Prune legacy fruit trees and berry bushes
    • Get annual herb garden in the ground
    • Dig root cellar for Potato stock
    • Fence in 1-3 acres for livestock
    • Establish relationship with local food co-op
    • Register booths at ALL market’s within two hour drive
  • Year 2:
    • Purchase rootsy flat bed truck for market trips
    • Embrace more heirloom varieties in garden
    • Bring sheeps and goats on board in fenced acreage
    • Expand free range chicken farm for co-op
    • Build outdoor clay oven
    • Sing to fruit trees and berry bushes with Ellie
    • Harvest first season of sheepwool and goat milk
  • Year 3:
    • All of the above, plus add annual summer trip to Alaska, where I’ll return with 65 lbs of smoked and frozen wild Salmon


  1. I love this! The song and the idea of growing your own food. We have several fruit trees on our property and it is so satisfying to go out the back door, pick, and create. I love making jam and pies with the fruit. I have canned it also which was actually pretty fun. I want to have a big garden but I have a big problem, I can’t grow anything! I can’t figure it out, I have the hardest time keeping plants alive. I think a big part of it is our climate here in Twin (it is too hot and dry). It is all very overwhelming to me, but something to strive for.

  2. Charie

    Have you guys read the book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle”? by Barbara Kingsolver? I am reading it right now and goes right along with your thoughts. You probably have read it already! I think it is fascinating how a family just decides to set limits on what they will buy for food (at markets only) and then go back to the basics and grow their own food. Actually doing this would be quite an undertaking for anyone let alone a larger family but how rewarding knowing what you are actually putting in your childrens mouths and being almost completely self reliant!

  3. Linda (Mom Marcoccia)

    Love it All!! Such a great outlook for your future. Do it. I want to help sing to the fruit trees with Ellie. Well— also maybe experience the clay oven once or twice.

  4. Sarah

    why don’t you just go inside my head and say everything I ever thought! brothers and sisters. 🙂


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