Fall Gathering 2009 Summary
National Farmers Union New Farm Project Builds Farm Capacity and Farm Community at Fall Gathering
“Put your principles on paper, and use them in your decision-making.”
“Create a brand for your farm enterprise, and be diverse.”
“Try to mimic nature — combine animals and plants on your farm.”
“Listen to the ecology of your farm.”
“Try to be less stressed about the weather — what is bad weather for one crop is likely to be good for another.”
These were some of the recommendations from a panel of local farmers, talking about balancing ecology, economics and quality of life on the family farm at the Fall Gathering last month in Harrowsmith.
Panel members included: Emily Dowling, of Root Radical Community Shared Agriculture, Howe Island; Oliver Haan, Haanover View Farms, Marysville; Titia Posthuma, Ravensfield, Maberly; and John Wise, Wiseacres, Centreville.
Read more at the New Farm Project website