This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Mr. John R. Lomas, New Haven, Conn., sends us a communication in regard to the produce wasted on farms and gardens because it will not pay to send it to market, and then regards the immense number of the poor in manufacturing centres who would gladly buy this produce at low figures if they had the chance. This is a fact. The remedy for this is, he believes, to bring the producer and the consumer together as closely as possible. This is a fact also. To do this he would have the government build and run railroads all over the country, all produce to be delivered for no more than actual cost, much as our Post Office system is worked. Depots - the Grand National Market - everywhere. Here our perception of fact fails. Why not have grand government farms where all the products shall be raised, and grand government manufactories, where all the fabrics shall be turned out? Then we shall have the plan complete.
But those who have given thought to public affairs have come to the conclusion that the duty of every well wisher of his species toward governments is if possible to put an end to them; but as that may not wholly be, to let them interfere as little as possible with what we want to do. The man who is continually looking to "governments" for help in everything is not the man we want to tie to. This we hold as a general principle, and we see nothing in this special proposition to think there should be an exception in its favor. We prefer to wait for some other plan to " bring the producer and consumer together".