"Don't Let Your Children Grow Up to Be Farmers" by Bren Smith and published in the New York Times. I really appreciated Joel Salatin's response in a "Letter to the Editor" (although I will admit not everyone agreed with Mr. Salatin). Most recently the article that is making the rounds is titled, "What nobody told me about small farming: I can't make a living" by Jaclyn Moyer. I have lots of thoughts on both of these articles, but in someways I don't feel qualified to respond because I'm not making my full-time living on the farm.
The biggest thing I took away after reading both of those articles though is that I just want to be positive about the possibilities of farming. The work and business of farming will always be difficult and the margins will always have the possibility of being tight because there are so many variables that you can't control. Nevertheless I want to be positive and encouraging when it comes to the beginning farming journey ... all while telling the whole story (including the hard lessons learned).
Three Encouraging Books for Your Farming Journey:
- You Can Farm by Joel Salatin
- The Contrary Farmer by Gene Logsdon
- Gaining Ground by Forrest Pritchard
Other Links Mentioned In This Episode:
- Start2Farm.gov (Great links to help with your beginning farmer journey)
- 12 Month Farmer Finance Challenge
- Non-GMO vs. GMO Feed :: Episode 50
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