One acre and happiness, as demonstrated by the Littlelanders of San Ysidro Valley, pp. 556-558
THE LITTLELANDERS OF SAN YSIDRO ONE ACRE, AND HAPPINESS, AS DEMONSTRATED BY THE LITTLELANDERS OF SAN YSI- DRO VALLEY: BY OLGA BREN- NECKE T ~O begin with, in order to understand the Littlelands movement you must disabuse your mind of almost every preconceived idea of farming, and lay yourself open to an astounding propo- sition. It is that no living man is capable of producing from one acre the utmost which it is capable of yielding. This is the basic proposition upon which the Littlelands movement is founded. It is no longer a theory, for scores of Littlelanders have proved it to be a fact. It will be remembered that several years ago Bolton Hall, in advancing his propa- ganda of "a little land and a living," set three acres as the minimum tract from which a man might be expected to support himself and a family. Since then several SAN YSIDRO VALLEY, THE HOME OF THE LITTLE- LANDERS. illustrations of accomplishment in the East- ern States have proved that half as much land or less, under intensive cultivation, will suffice for the purpose. On the Pacific ,Coast, where the tiller of the soil has the added advantage of constant summer, it has been demonstrated time and again that two acres or less, if intelligently handled, are quite enough to maintain five persons in comfort and leave them at the end of each year with a surplus of profit. To return to the Littlelanders: the Colony in the Valley of San Ysidro, near San Diego, was established with deliberate de- sign. The founders deemed it essential for the success of their experiment that the land occupied should be in the vicinity of a city. This was quite as much for social inter- course as for the advantage of a nearby market. Perhaps the success which has at- tended this departure from the usual lines of farming in the three years of its life has been due largely to the location of the Colony. The fact that the Littlelander has CALIFORNIA LATH-HOUSE FOR FORCING PLANTS.
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