Gateway Gazette

Farmers – It’s What We Stand For

By: Sarah Wray, FarmOn

Since we launched #FARMVOICES in February, the movement has gained traction around the world, hitting 23 different countries to date. We have come to understand that farmers across the planet, regardless of country, race or creed, aren’t so different from one another. All seem to share similar joys when it comes to farming: a love of the land, of the animals, of the hands-on, hard work it takes to feed the world. At the same time, many are searching for ways to become more sustainable and profitable while still producing food of the highest quality.

With an industry as vast and expansive as agriculture, there are many different methods of farming that are employed throughout the world. It is up to each farmer to decide which method best suits his own business model, the one that is the most practical and sensible in his farming reality. As we have shared content through our various social media platforms, we have seen more and more discussion about the best solution for agriculture as we face our biggest challenge ever: feeding over 9 billion people by the year 2050. And while much of the heated debate swirls around types of farming, we really feel strongly about throwing our two cents in.

Since the inception of FarmOn, our mission has always been steadfast and clear: we stand for farmers. All farmers. Period. Traditional, organic, big, small…no matter the method, we believe in supporting ALL farmers and finding new ways for them to collaborate, converse and share. We stand by the notion that united we stand, divided we fall. In other words, our chances of finding solutions to our challenges and telling the story of agriculture to the masses are far greater by working as one strong and cohesive group, rather than by fighting about which method is “right”.

We look at the occupation of farming as a brotherhood, one that we are so proud to be a part of. We stand by, and for, all of the brothers and sisters in farming, putting their all into creating a vibrant agriculture for today and tomorrow. Our hope is that we can all come from a place of understanding, of wanting to learn from one another, of joining together for the greater good of the industry we love. Be good to one another, reach out to others and continue to do what you do best: simply, farm on.

For more info on FarmOn, check out Who is FarmOn, and Why Should we Care if Young Farmers Farm?

Since we launched #FARMVOICES in February, the movement has gained traction around the world, hitting 23 different countries to date.  We have come to understand that farmers across the planet, regardless of country, race or creed, aren’t so different from one another.  All seem to share similar joys when it comes to farming: a love of the land, of the animals, of the hands-on, hard work it takes to feed the world.  At the same time, many are searching for ways to become more sustainable and profitable while still producing food of the highest quality.

With an industry as vast and expansive as agriculture, there are many different methods of farming that are employed throughout the world.  It is up to each farmer to decide which method best suits his own business model, the one that is the most practical and sensible in his farming reality.  As we have shared content through our various social media platforms, we have seen more and more discussion about the best solution for agriculture as we face our biggest challenge ever: feeding over 9 billion people by the year 2050.  And while much of the heated debate swirls around types of farming, we really feel strongly about throwing our two cents in.

Since the inception of FarmOn, our mission has always been steadfast and clear: we stand for farmers.  All farmers.  Period.  Traditional, organic, big, small…no matter the method, we believe in supporting ALL farmers and finding new ways for them to collaborate, converse and share.  We stand by the notion that united we stand, divided we fall. In other words, our chances of finding solutions to our challenges and telling the story of agriculture to the masses are far greater by working as one strong and cohesive group, rather than by fighting about which method is “right”.

We look at the occupation of farming as a brotherhood, one that we are so proud to be a part of.  We stand by, and for, all of the brothers and sisters in farming, putting their all into creating a vibrant agriculture for today and tomorrow. Our hope is that we can all come from a place of understanding, of wanting to learn from one another, of joining together for the greater good of the industry we love.  Be good to one another, reach out to others and continue to do what you do best: simply, farm on.

For more info on FarmOn, check out Who is FarmOn, and Why Should we Care if Young Farmers Farm?

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