letters from young farmers: Nicole

posted April 11, 2008

Cheers to our new series: letters from young farmers.  Of late, our inbox has been blessed with moving missives from those either currently farming or investigating the fruits of life on the land.  Our goal is to inspire another generation of optimistic agrarians, so when we receive these inspiring letters that inspire our work we can’t help but want to shout it from the mountain top, with the author’s permission of course.  Happy reading.

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Hello,

I have recently been more and more interested in vegetable farming. I visited my first, non-conventional farm, this past fall and was amazed that there are people farming diversely (things besides corn and soybeans). This visit inspired me and ever since I’ve been talking to more people about farming. I’m 22 years old and will be finished with an Anthropology degree in December. I’m suppose to get a “real world” job and step onto the treadmill of 9-5, but this is the last thing from my mind. I want to farm! I want to provide my community with fresh produce and give them a connection to the land again. 

    I’m not sure how I stumbled upon your website but I watched the trailer and it gave me hope. Whenever I tell people that I want to farm they just stare at me and can’t understand how me, a 100lb, 22 year old, with no farm experience could even dream of this prospect. Seeing your trailer and reading your mission was a boost in confidence and the purpose of me writing you is to obtain any resources that you may have. Do you have any tools or resources that one could obtain in order to gain a fuller understanding of entering the world of farming? The type of farming I’m interested in right now is strictly vegetables/produce. If you have any ideas or leads for me I would greatly appreciate it. Keep up the good work and thank you so much for the encouragement. Keep me updated on your film as well. 
Grace & Peace,
Nicole