It’s the last day of March, and after a long winter that has stretched into spring, it’s almost time to get out into the fields and start farming. As long as this rain doesn’t continue for too much longer, the fields will dry and we’ll be able to get our first peas planted sometime over the next few weeks.
Before that happens and my life gets busier than I ever thought possible, I wanted to write a brief thank you to everyone that has helped me kick off the farm and been so supportive. Over the past few weeks I’ve been to several different farmer events, including the New Entry Graduation and Farm Day at the Statehouse. There are certainly a number of younger farmers at these events, but most of the farmers I run into have been farming for a long time. What I’ve picked up from them is that the perception of farmers has really changed for the better over the last few years. Having a career in agriculture used to be viewed as a negative. If you went into farming you were perceived as stupid. Nothing could be further from the truth. The farmers I know are really intelligent people. They know their stuff and they better because this is such a hard business. But they didn’t get any credit or respect for what they did. No wonder an entire generation basically skipped out on farming.
Thankfully, that perception has changed. People now care more about where their food comes from, how it is made, and how it tastes. Buy local is now a rallying cry. Everyone I talk to about getting into farming has been very supportive. They may acknowledge it will be difficult, but no one says “You’re crazy, why would you want to do that?!”. People seem to get why I’m doing this. So I want to thank everyone I’ve talked about farming to for being positive and helping to fuel my enthusiasm. Simply being positive when talking to a farmer about farming makes a bigger difference that you might think. Starting a farm is a borderline insane undertaking. It takes years to scale up to something that has the potential to be economically sustainable, and that certainly isn’t guaranteed. By being so supportive you are inspiring a whole new generation of farmers like me to follow their dreams.
So thanks everyone, and I look forward to farming for you this season.