Running a farm is one of the toughest and riskiest jobs a person can have. For farmers of color and military veterans in this country, starting and managing a farm can be even harder. In recent years, an increasing number of veterans have shown interest in farming as a profession. In response, Congress has expanded some key USDA programs to help them get into the field.
Meet more of Ecocentric's sustainable farmer heroes this week: "We are DHA Family Farms aka the Four Country Gals, located in the middle of nowhere, Beryl Utah. We have a cow, 17 sheep, 4 dairy goats, 3 pygmy goats, 4 breeding rabbits, 35 or so chickens, and 6 very useless dogs. We love all of them!"
Over the winter, Ecocentric interviewed farmers across the country from our Eat Well Guide in an effort to highlight both the challenges and triumphs of sustainable farmers across the country. Join us as we delve in to discover what it means to be a farmer in the 21st century.
Brooklyn Grange has a new rooftop farm in the Brooklyn Navy Yards. We were there as they were setting it up this spring. Luckily the farm weathered the storm that was Sandy, although their beehives got blown away.
Update: Just before Thursday’s scheduled rally, CFA supporters got word that the beloved school will remain open as a charter school. Congratulations to Miss Andrews, Nicole Conoway and all the students and supporters.
For young farmers nationwide, Severine von Tscharner Fleming is a fearless leader. A farmer, activist and organizer based in the Hudson Valley, New York, Severine speaks for a generation of young farmers, yet is acutely aware of the need for each farmer to tell his or her own story.
The Greenhorns sprung from the dream of making a film documenting the burgeoning movement of young farmers in order to provide hope for a culture viewed as struggling and dwindling. Now, after nearly three years of production, the film is ready to take its audience by storm.
What Howard seems to take away from the project is the singular idea that, hey, he doesn’t have to buy eggs anymore when he can get them from his chicken. Really? That’s all? I wasn’t expecting a zealous conversion to the merits of urban farming, but I did expect more reflection on how The Farm, despite its failures, fit within the larger context of the sustainable food movement.