At present the economy of farming is one whereby farms are huge tracts of land operated by companies. Managers are hired to oversee these massive operations and the bulk of the money heads to the owner. We are in the midst of Big Box farms, if you will. We all know what Big Box does to a community. They create cheaper product ...yes, but at what expense? Cheaper products mean lesser quality. The expense of a grocery bill is one of the largest in a household budget and is a cost we all seem to try to save on. I get it. I'm guilty as well. But it is this thought process that keeps Big Box in and Small Farms (and Small Business) out. I'm not suggesting we have to stop shopping big. What I am suggesting is a portion,$10.00 or $20.00 per week be spent on Local. If we spend locally we will encourage more business to develop locally.
While we do have some farms in our area, I would love to see more. Farms with productivity! Agriculture that preserves the fertility and health of the land. People farming thriving as much as the land. If the land thrives so can the farmer. Healthy land produces healthy crops, produces healthy animals/people and a healthy economy.
Makes sense don't you think?
In order to have sustainable agriculture, the lives and livelihoods of the people who do the work must also be sustainable.
As opposed to Big Box, Small Farms are completely connected to the health of a community. They typically work with nature and create a symbiosis with soil,water animals and people. Big Box is about productivity and productivity alone.We are constantly observing our land and stock looking for signs of health in the soil by perusing the plant growth. Strong healthy plants create strong healthy animals. Strong healthy animals create strong healthy people. You can see the circle created throughout this process.
So to get to the topic of the economy of farming. Farmers are typically long term economists. We are not in this to make a quick fast buck, rather a comfortable living. We take the time to create a food based on the theory of overall health, including land, community, animals, and people. Short term economy is the practice of making money quickly while often ignoring long term implications. We don't have to look far to see the effects it has created. The health of our society is not great. Obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are on the rise. People who are concerned about what their children/grandchildren are eating, drinking and breathing are concerned with long term economics. They want to see a future that includes happy healthy people. They are our customers. It is our customers who are the drive for us to keep farming sustainable. It is our customers who make what we do rewarding and it is our customers who allow us to continue to farm by purchasing from us.
Thank you for allowing us to feed you and your family!
We still have lots of pork products available. Please click on the above"Farm Store" for more information.
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