Farming as Vocation


My colleague Mike Risinit has a good story on today’s front page about the lack of young people going into farming. He discusses the economic and ecological results of having fewer farmers, and quotes Tara Collins of the Watershed Agricultural Council as saying we need to maintain a local farming system to protect our food supply against terrorism and that local farms reduce “our carbon footprint. By buying fresh, local, we are not expending huge amounts of natural resources to truck strawberries from California.”

Mike also turns quite a few nice phrases. I particuarly liked this paragraph:

Farming can have an almost religious overtone. Farmers keep faith that crops will spring from the Earth, cows will give milk and the cycle will continue each year. But they know the altar at which they worship can be unforgiving. Drought, pests and other calamities know no age limits.

“It’s balancing all the work you have to do versus the forces Mother Nature throws at you,” said Scott Hill, 38, whose family’s roots at The Orchards of Concklin in Ramapo reach back to 1712.

<a href=”″ target=”_blank”> Here’s a link to the story. </a>

A lot of times we talk about the deliciousness of local food on this blog, but we don’t discuss the political side of it. Did you read it? Do you agree? Disagree?


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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