Farmers learning from farmers
Learning from Ray and Cheryl of Plum Granny Farm (I didn't snap a picture at Fair Share Farm)
Farmers are an incredibly generous lot of people. Not just because they eke out such meager livings with their blood, sweat, tears, and backs in order to nourish their communities, but because they share their knowledge so openly with anyone who asks. They prepare elaborate instructional workshops for other farmers for free, they openly share their knowledge on forums and list serves and podcasts, and they give hours of their precious Sunday time to us simply because we asked. They walked us around their farms, explaining their systems, sharing their experience and knowledge with us. Do other professionals do this for free?
I think it’s because we’re proud of what we’ve figured out. We spend so much time and energy (and blood, sweat and tears) coming up with solutions, or efficiencies, that we are enamored (and maybe a little shocked) by someone else’s interest. We’re excited to show off what we’ve discovered. Or maybe farmers are simply an incredible generous lot of people. Either way, we’ve benefited immensely from this generosity. So a big shout out to Fair Share Farm and Plum Granny Farm for giving us your time and knowledge this Sunday.