The economic catastrophe is a great excuse for Texans to dive into backyard gardening. Producing and preparing more of your own food is a hedge against shortages, but there’s also philosophical and spiritual liberation to be found in the new agrarianism. We’re all going to have to live poorer, but in some ways, that can mean living better. In Brooklyn, hipsters high on Michael Pollan are pouring their creative energy into building a homemade food culture. If they can pull that off in Babylon, why can’t we do it here in the Promised Land?

Dreher is a columnist for the Dallas Morning News and the author of Crunchy Cons.

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