Saturday, August 28, 2010

Farmsteading

With the popularity of local farming, production can not keep up with demand. Consumers are attracted to a more direct relationship to foods and those that produce them. Whether it be freshness, farming practices, transparency, variety, local economic benefits, food education, environmental stewardship, job creation, sustainability, energy considerations, safety, farm integration crop security, chemical reduction, etc. etc. there is much to offer. For most of our history, family farms were passed down from generation to generation. This has changed in recent times.

Many of the people now interested in farming are not coming from farming families and many traditional family farms now find their next generation may just be interested in another career. How might we consider new ways for transition?

The cost of getting on a farm can be very prohibitive. Lenders have always considered a farm as very risky due to the lack of control of impacts of nature.

Is it time to consider examining how we might create workable independent farming systems for the future?

Fortunately, we still have our state based Land Grant universities and Cooperative Extension service that could help to develop the essential understandings and dissemination of information for a new approach.

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