Farming is stressful. It's difficult. We farmers don't make much money, and we miss a lot of dinner parties. I also realize that I have a lot of resources, privileges (oh hey, I'm white, middle class and got a great college education), and I don't actually have to keep doing this if I don't want to. Here's the thing. I do it because I think it should be possible to raise a family at a living wage while growing food for people. I think farmers should be able to make a living without needed income from one or three other jobs. I think our neighbors should value our food, and should be able to also make enough money to be able to buy it for their families. I realize that there is a lot wrong with our food system, and I'm not sure how to fix it. What I do know is that I want this current wave of new farmers to succeed. I want us to stay in business, to inspire our communities, and to be part of a new way of consuming. I also really want to have a family, and I don't want to resent my farm for taking up my time, resources, or for preventing me from having decent health insurance. Gosh. I also want decent health insurance.
In the past few years I've been incredibly lucky to be part of a few different groups of lady farmers. After each meet-up I've felt less alone, more inspired, and encouraged to keep on keeping on. I want to spread that community to a network of women (and men) to help reduce stress, increase confidence, and ultimately contribute to a generation of successful farm owners. I hope you'll join me as it all evolves.