While surfing the internet searching for a topic for today's blog, I came across an article about the changing face of farming—and farmers—about a trend in one of Canada's provinces. I don't know how far it extends across North America, but I found the article intriguing.
You can guess by the url what the topic is. Young, urban, educated women are choosing to leave cities to buy farms. They are actively choosing organic farming as a career.
I've always respected farmers. They are a hard-working breed who don't receive as much respect as they deserve, in my opinion. They work long hours under often-tough conditions. Look at the state of this summer's growing conditions. There just hasn't been enough rain to produce substantial crops. It will be a tight harvest for Canadian and American farmers.
So, why are so many young women in Ontario turning to farming? Why choose such a difficult career? I think it might come down to a quote from one of the women who made the choice.
“When you work on a farm that respects the environment, you see your impact on the earth in a very real way.”
So, in a very real way, she gets to control a piece of the world at a time when so much of that world could feel very much out of her control. Given this summer's drought, that seems a bit of a stretch and yet, in a very real way, she gets to, in her small corner, direct the future of our planet. One mentioned doing 'something positive for our earth.' A couple of the women talk about 'principles' and 'conscience.'
One woman makes the point that women have always pulled their weight on farms. They were just never called farmers. They were called farmer's wives, but they worked every bit as hard as their farmer husbands.
Wow, I have to admire the sheer guts of buying and starting a farm. It's a risky proposition at the best of times. One thing that I didn't read in the article was anything about regret. Not one woman said a word about regretting the decision to farm. Of course, I don't know how many have tried and given up. These women persevere, though.
Kudos to them! My hat goes off to them! I hope their farms survive our often hostile world.
I would love to know how far this phenomenon stretches. Is there any sign of this trend in your corner of the world?