Having a farm had led us to new friends and lots of talking.
Farmers talk and are opinionated folks! And there is lots of agreement and disagreement.
I find with each farmer I meet, they each share 1 thing in common. It's the same vision, the same desire, the same dream.
To own land, improve the land for future generations, enjoy the land, be somewhat self sufficient and be able to make a decent wage -- that's the dream.
This picture is one of my favorites.
I love sitting up on the hill and looking at this view. Seeing the chickens running around and making hen noises amid the 'cockle-doodle-doos' with the cattle behind them in the next pasture.
All those farmers, including us, are trying to live that dream. Sometimes the 'make a decent wage' gets tough and farmers have a hard time explaining why their products are superior. Start to pay attention to how you spend your money and you'll realize that a dozen free range pastured eggs may cost $5.00- but so does a dozen donuts or a fancy cup of coffee.
If you want to help a farmer achieve his/her dream, go to Local Harvest and buy your food from a local farmer. Go visit the farmer and see if you like what they are doing and if you do-- share in that dream with them. They'll be happy to have you along for the ride!