Q&A

DEAR NEW FARM:

As the examples in the January 2007 newsletter showed, the incredibly important issue of land remaining available for farming is the basis of everything else that farmers (and food consumers) do. Tackling this issue as individuals seems pretty hopeless—we all need to figure ways to do this as a community and yet not give up the independence of the people who do the farming. How would we do this?

Becky French
Maryland

 

DEAR BECKY:

This is one of the many tough questions we all grapple with as we struggle to build a better food system that supports human health, our environment, our communities and our farmers. That landowners such a Cliff Miller are willing to sit down with young farmers and work out win-win situations such as that illustrated by the Waterpenny Farms story offers encouragement to us all. Likewise, we must stand together with one voice and tell our elected and appointed officials what matters to us when such farming opportunities are threatened (see Fighting for the future of family farm). The upcoming Farm Bill offers each of us a chance to contact our representatives in Washington and demand legislation that reflects our values and supports our local family farmers. See www.sustainableagriculture.net.

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