As my family and I now enter our third week in our new role as farm manager and marketing directors for J&L Green Farm, I realize in a visceral sense that farming is not a job. Farming is a commitment; it is a lifestyle. Other “jobs” typically require a person to punch the clock, work 8 hour shifts, and then go home. Comparatively, the farm is not only where we live, it’s how we live. It is a lifestyle we have committed ourselves to. Unlike the human “cubicle farms” of the corporate world, we work with biological organisms, which cannot be neglected. A computer can be left to work on tomorrow, next week, or even later, but if we neglect our critters that long, well, it won’t end nicely. We don’t dread the work week, or watch the clock. We work until the job gets done, and then we look for another one. We wake the sun up in the morning, and tuck it in at night. Always vigilant, always paying attention to what we aren’t paying attention to (think about that).
We love the farm, and we desire to become native to the land- to have intimate familiarity with it and the critters who call it home. As Mark Shepard wrote, “Restoration agriculture is a massive-scale culture-wide adjustment to ecological reality that will create a new economic and social reality.”
Happy eating! Happy farming!
Libertas lux et veritas