26 Dec '11, 7pm

From the Farmers Mouth: Why We Must Learn to Listen to Our Farmers (Video)

From the Farmers Mouth: Why We Must Learn to Listen to Our Farmers (Video)

Kevin Kossowan /Video screen capture When I was a kid, I dressed up as a farmer for a school costume party. From the beat up straw hat to the denim overalls, it was (as are most attempts at kids' dress up) an exercise in cliche repetition. Nevertheless, it strikes me that many people still have a pretty 2-dimensional, stereotypical view of your average farmer. Yet from the backyard SPIN farmers making a living on less than an acre to the rooftop farms and community gardens of New York , the renaissance of small scale farming is not just showing us that farms can look different to how we've been told, but farmers can too. Kevin Kossowan /Video screen capture Whether it's young farmers farming with horses and rediscovering sheep dogs , or backyard farmers with more than 5 decades of experience , what matters is not whether our farmers conform to the stereotypes we've created...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-agriculture/farmers...

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