I've subscribed to the monthly mailings of both magazines for about a year now and I enjoy them thoroughly. The columnists are almost exclusively older and wiser farmers sharing their experiences and tips for successful pasture-based farming and ranching. One of my favorite columnists (and farm-book authors) is Jim Gerrish. He’s written two incredibly helpful books on management intensive and extended-season grazing and he also writes a monthly column in Stockman Grassfarmer. While I absorb and relish the advice and direction provided by those magazines I sometimes want to hear about what other young farmers are up to. Unless I'm reading a blog, it is exceedingly rare to hear about what's going on with other young farmers.
So much to my surprise this past month Jim wrote about young, beginning farmers. It was awesome. Maybe it's silly, but I got really excited reading about his thoughts on the young farmer folks. The genesis of the article came from his visit to speak at the Quivira Coalition’s conference in Albuquerque, NM. He said the conference was packed with aspiring young farmers and that he was particularly enthralled by Severine von Tscharner's speech about the young farmer movement. So much so that he wanted to write an article about it. Nice!
If you want to learn more about the young farmers movement take a listen to Severine von Tscharner’s presentation near the bottom of the Quivira Coalition’s conference page
You can read more about the conference and listen to many (if not all) of the conference presentations at www.quiviracoalition.org, which includes speeches from Bill McKibben, Jim Gerrish and many many more.
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