Somebody’s Children Need to Grow Up and be Farmers

An interesting conversation has been going on online this week. It was sparked by an Op-Ed in the Sunday New York Times by a seaweed and shellfish farmer in Connecticut: “Don’t Let Your Children Grow Up to Be Farmers.” This inevitably struck a cord with some people and sparked a few responses.

Sure, farming is difficult work that doesn’t bring home a big salary, but farmers are passionate and empowered people with a strong drive to make the the world and food system better for everyone. And thank goodness those people exist. The last thing we should be doing is discouraging young farmers or those considering it.

Get up to speed on the conversation:

Don’t Let Your Children Grow Up to be Farmers Op-Ed in the Sunday NY Times by Bren Smith, seaweed and shellfish farmer of Thimble Island Oyster Farm in Brandford, CT

Let Your Children Grow Up to be Farmers on the Huffington Post blog by Jenna Woginrich, “Small Farmer, Big Blogger” and author of Cold Antler Farm blog in Jackson, NY

These Letters to the Editor of the NY Times by Joel Salatin, Jennifer McTiernan, Daren Bakst and Sam Hitt.

“Please let your children grow up to be farmers” from the Farmers’ Fold blog by Jeff Hake, the farmer training program manager with The Land Connection in Champaign, IL

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