MICROWIKI – For aspiring territorial micronations or those who use micronationalism as an exercise in sustainability, agriculture development is a common sense exercise, providing local food and a potential stream of revenue.
A recent discussion at the MicroWiki community forum focused on how the agricultural sector can be used to support the development of a local economy. Leylandiistan’s Fionnbarra Ó Cathail suggested that agriculture was the best way to focus on an economy for one’s micronation, arguing that pottery and handcrafts have a limited production rate and less market demand. “The safest way to gamble is with a shovel and a pack of seeds,” argued Cathail. “Growing things … gives you the chance to focus on your internal economy, with non-perishable leftovers like excess seeds being suitable for export.”
In providing advice to prospective growers, Cathail made some key points to keep in mind. The most important advice was that a micronation should grow what is in demand locally, with such crops that are most expensive at the local grocer being an obvious choice for local production. He also recommended that micronations employ a crop rotation system, with each plot being used to grow different plants in successive years, though he cautioned that it is important to avoid planting the same crop family in the same plot in order to protect against disease and nutrient deficiency.
The resulting discussion yielded a wealth of information concerning the agricultural crops being planted in several micronations. The Coprieta Standard has summarized some of what is being grown by these micronations in the below table.
To illustrate the potential revenue value of a crop, we’ve cross-referenced each with the average retail price reported by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service in its latest weekly National Retail Report – Fruits and Vegetables (Volume IX – Number 26, published Friday, July 3, 2015). The actual revenue a micronation can gain from the sale of a crop will vary from these prices once local market demand is accounted for.
Crop (Organic),Unit of Measure,Unit Price (USD)
Lettuce (Romaine),Per Pound,$1.99
Yellow Onions,Per Pound,$1.29
Russet Potatoes,Per Pound,$1.59