When people hear that I’m a farmer, they have a certain set of expectations. We all know what the prototypical farm looks like: long, straight rows of crops, maybe a few animals, a red barn, a silo. We have a picture in our minds of what we’ll see.
You know, because you’ve seen pictures of Snuck Farm, that we live pretty far from that mental image. We don’t use big machinery because the part of the land we do grow in is comparably small. We don’t have all the same concerns as people who farm mostly in the soil, even if our farmyard is a big part of our work each year. But even though we might look different on the surface, more joins us to than separates us from other farms. After all, we’re trying to do the same thing. We’re trying to take some seeds and make them into something for our community to eat. That, fundamentally, is farming.
Early on, it was sometimes hard to find people who agreed with me about that. But now, I’m finding other people who see Snuck the way I do: as one among many. I’m so happy every time I meet someone else who loves growing things, and who wants to think and talk about it. I’ve been finding those people all over, discovering a network of farmers that, like roots, runs much deeper than I’d ever anticipated.
- Farmer and Cultivator
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