Page 5 of 2 Sep 1973 Issue of Columbia Missourian Newspaper in Columbia, Missouri

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Columbia Missourian Newspaper (Newspaper) - September 2, 1973, Columbia, Missouri I Viva Windmill Ridge farm a Way Back to self sufficiency three years in operation. Windmill Ridge farm is a Way Back to self sufficiency for the people who live there. To fran. Pat Chris and Dave farming is the Only life. They grow lettuce Corn rhubarb carrots tomatoes Squash potatoes and other vegetables in their Garden in addition to different spices. Numerous chickens and a Goat provide them with the Dairy products they need. They make cheese and Yogurt from the goats. .milk., and Trade. The surplus milk with neighbouring farms for things they need. A we never go hungry a says fran a and we done to have to support institutions we done to believe making bread and Beer and raising seven ducks and a pig also takes up time at the farm. Pat works for a Farmer Joe Acton who has Given them land in the River Bottoms to Plant on in return for half the crop. Five acres of melons and three of sorghum Are growing there. They plan on Canning most of their surplus crop and then bringing the rest into Columbia to sell. The people at Windmill Ridge View to Beer lifestyle As a old line conservatism with Liberal ideas. Its the getting Back to self sufficiency that is so important to them. To get an even simpler element into their lives Pat and fran built a 13-foot tee Pfeto on a Ridge about. Ona half mile from the farm House. It them about $50 to make a they use it to sleep in during the sum Ihfe they ski neck the bark themselves pm bought the Canvas in St. Louis. The tee amp be is lit by kerosene lamps and fresh water is brought out daily. To pay the rent and buy things they can to make they take on full and wartime jobs depending on the need. Right now they Are saving to buy the amp or own farm in the ozarks but until then Windmill Ridge farm is their Way Back. A Teepee and a double perched farmhouse Are Homes fitted to the lifestyle of the people at Windmill Ridge. Photos and text by Maxine Fernebok \ h a it a a it a hard work and the amount of Energy you put into it depends on How badly you want Pat fran Dave and Chris take a break to pose for an informal portrait. Above Pat cleans and packs turnips for his lunch before going to work in the River Bottoms. People Columbia to missourian sun., sept. 2, 193

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