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Subsistence Homesteads: President Roosevelt's New Land and Population Policy

by Ralph Borsodi

School of Living, Suffern, New York

January 1934

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Woman on Farm
"The Old Order Changeth"; Photo for TVA by Lewis W. Hine
At 92, of a generation to whom electricity meant merely lightning and rivers meant threat of floods

Subsistence homesteading—a long remove from subsistence farming—settles a family on a plot of land where it can grow most of its food and make many of its goods, plus a part-time paid job for cash income. Near Dayton, Ohio, the plan has gone much further—a whole community of homesteaders organized among the unemployed by the Council of Social Agencies, financed from federal funds and advised by the author of this article


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