“DEEP DOWN INSIDE EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE A FARMER.” Aaron Bell’s buoyant assertion in this valuable short (6:56) film (https://vimeo.com/12225749) produced a decade ago by Cecily Pingree & Jason Mann of Pull-Start Pictures is familiar ground in the minds of family farmers.
Modern-day maniacally-production-centric ag economics notwithstanding, there is a lot to be said for the relative freedom and independence afforded by family farming and the manifested ability to decide when to get up and what to do in the day ahead.
We’ve been friends with Aaron & Carly since they first graduated from the UMO Sustainable Ag program twenty years ago and moved back to resuscitate the 9-generation farm. Their girls and our Wood Prairie girls are the same age and all became fast friends growing up together during MOFGA farmer events.
Six years ago next January, Carly and Jim traveled together to the 2nd Agrarian Elders Gathering held at Esalen in Big Sur, California. Caleb, Megan & Jim