And here's an article about it. (picture from the article)
And here's the quote from that article that brought tears to my eyes:
Q. Are the new young farmers you know thinking about the macro or micro? Do they want to feed the country, feed themselves, or is it both?
A. Think globally, farm locally. Dominated as our food system has become by the mega-consolidation of poultry, beef, dairy, and hogs, the government has got to crack the monopoly. Our role is to replace that monopoly with a mosaic of small and medium-sized farms and food businesses. That means more new processing plants, cheese makers, butchers, bakers, candlestick makers, more locally owned grocery stores, more entrepreneurship at all levels, and more protagonism within those businesses.
It took Monsanto 20 years to consolidate their hold on our seed supply, and it'll probably take us 20 years to shake that monkey, but that is only half a professional lifetime for my generation.
Here's another one:
Q. What's the connection between farming and empowerment?
A. Jefferson knew. Washington knew. The new agrarian movement knows.
Farmers make sugar from sunshine. Farmers work at the interface of the wildness in our landscape. Farmers are the foundation of our economy. Farmers are fiercely independent, self-reliant, and accountable to their relationship with place. Farmers are good at identifying bullshit.
As with so many things, I don't quite fit in this movement. I put myself on their map, but had difficulty because I'm not planning on growing a product, and the questionnaire is very "what do you grow" oriented. Oh well - not quite fitting in is nothing new for me!