Farmers of the World Unite: Across the World, Small Scale Farming is Taking Off Big Time
There are so many exciting groups and networks developing in the "farm world." It is hard not to be inspired. For instance, I've had the immense pleasure of meeting and interviewing Roger Doiron, founder of Kitchen Gardeners International.
Recently, I have become a supporter of Food Not Fracking, a NYC based group that is starting a "Friends of Farmers" initiative in New York. Instead of just being against fracking, this group asks: how can we help farmers more and protect our foodshed?
As the song says, "I'm so excited. I just can't hide it". Because, when it comes to what is happening in agriculture and food production; it is definitely not just "big food" vs the "little food guy." It's a hell of a lot of little guys vs the big guys. And, if you put together all the little, indie farmer plows, they add up big time.
One of the best sources of info to keep up with 21st Century farming is ATTRA, The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. Their mission is: "Helping people by championing small-scale, local, and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities, and protect natural resources."
If you are a friend of farmers, a farmer or future farmer, it is essential to sign up for news from ATTRA.
ATTRA has served as the premier source of information about sustainable agriculture for U.S. farmers and other agriculturists for more than twenty years. One thing ATTRA does well is tell you about all the "green gravy" available to ag-entrepreneurs out there working in their field of dreams and making a difference. Check it out:
USDA Announces $78 Million Available for Local Food Enterprises Historic Investment Will Support Entire Local Food Supply
USDA Announces Effort to Cut Energy Costs for Farmers, Ranchers, Rural Small Businesses Up to $12.3 Million in Grants and $57.8 Million in Loan Guarantees Available In Rural Energy for America Program
No Farms No Food. No Farmers No Farms. Farmers of the World Unite
Shout out to Ohio farmer, Alex Tiller, for the picture.