Inspiration for lunatic farmers
April 20, 2010
Yesterday we had the wonderful fortune to hear in person, farmer and author, Joel Salatin. The author of many sustainable farming related books, Joel was on a lecture circuit promoting his newest, soon to be published book, ‘The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer’, along with the movie ‘Fresh’, a film that focuses on new thinking about what we’re eating.
His message to farmers was inspiring and simple –
We can heal the land with sustainable and organic farming practices
Be proud of who you are and your farming profession
Love and embrace what you are doing
We appreciated hearing his encouragement and success story; we left feeling younger and more excited about farming, and inspired to follow more of our dreams. It confirmed our belief that we can make a difference, and are making a difference, one acre at a time.
We DO love what we are doing; it is the reason we have made sacrifices in our lives to stay here on the land. We love being connected with nature through the soil and the seasons, and feeling blessed by heavenly sunshine or rain.
We love farming with organic practices that are enriching the soil; watching the worms and beneficial bugs increase in number, feeling the soil grow ‘softer’ each year, and witnessing green, healthy crops during summers of drought.
We love the opportunity to grow our own food, to preserve and harvest the food, and sharing the work and the bounty with extended family. We love that our children are raised as ‘farm kids’, enjoying a simple lifestyle that embraces faith, family, hard work, country sunshine and wide open spaces.
Yes, we love being lunatic farmers, every single day!