Why We Farm
Do you wish you were farming? Or do you want to know more about why and how your local farmer makes a living off the land?
Here is an easily accessible book of interviews that features fifteen farmers, each with different agricultural methods and business models.
From conventional to organic, Permaculture to Big Ag, from wholesale to mail-order, from single crop to wide product diversity, this little book covers them all.
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Excerpt from the Introduction:
The history of agriculture is just one act of human ingenuity after another, and this continues into the present day. Many of the farmers I interviewed for this book are experimenting constantly. They are trying out various ways to deal with drought conditions, such as no-till methods and the use of different cover crops. They are following new research about soil microbes and integrated pest manage- ment. At the same time, they are navigating complex issues such as labor laws and water rights.
I was deeply impressed with the farmers I met, as people and professionals. I wanted to know more about the impulse that got these people started in farming, and the realities of their daily work. I saw them working long hours in any weather and then working overtime to drive their produce to market, not to mention raising children and participating in community organizations. I wondered, How did they manage it all? Were they really making a living? What circumstances helped them to succeed? These are the types of questions I asked in my interviews.
This book offers anecdotal stories about farmers from one valley, each practicing different agricultural methods: from conventional to organic, from wholesale to mail order, from single specialty crop to wide product diversity. There are stories of young farmers and old farmers, single-family farms and corporations. There are farmers with state of the art technology, and others using only hand tools and walk-behind tillers. The profession of farming certainly has no one “right” way.
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