Any Farmers out there?

by Chris
Community Seekers
New England

I doubt many farmers have a lot of time and energy to be surfing the internet, but these are the type of hard working people I relate to. I’ve been farming for almost 20yrs, but, honestly I’ve never had a lot of interest in making it a career. I love the work and the life, but, unfortunately, there’s not a lot of money it. Maybe for the owner(s), but if a business of any kind can only pay most of its workers little more than minimum wage, to me, it’s not really a viable business -through no fault of those working their butts off to make it one. At this point, I’ve got enough experience that I get paid ok, but still not nearly enough to raise a family or buy land. I can make double, if not triple, working construction or running heavy equipment, but that kind of work is not part of the solution, in my opinion. The jobs that make us the most money are a reflection of our economic system not the inherent value in the work. Sorry, I didn’t mean for this to become a socio-economic rant. I only mentioned all this to describe my perspective on life to reach others who share the same.

Whether I was on a fishing boat returning to the harbor with a full day’s catch or in the packing room of a farm with crates of produce stacked to the ceiling, I was well aware that we could never eat it all ourselves, but how awesome would it to have first dibs, to be more important than customers? The dilemna every farmworker faces is how to make enough money to buy enough land to live on. Ask the Native Americans how this worked out for them. The flip side is those who have enough money to buy a lot of land often don’t have a clue what real work is.

I’m a very open-minded person and I believe we stop growing when we stop learning, but I’m more of a worker than a talker. I think there’s too much talk in the world while everyone’s still living off an unsustainable system. Fancy new ideas are just ideas if we’re not growing our own food and living self-sufficiently. Once we’ve succeeded at this basic, yet vital, necessity then we can explore everything else. Talk is not real. Land and food is. I just finished up the farming season in Maine and moved back down to Mass, ugh, for the winter to take care of an elderly parent. Once my responsibilities as a son are met, I’ll be heading for the hills to buy a chunk of land and start a communal type homestead. It will be a farm, but not for profit. It’ll be for those who live on the land and work it, first and foremost. I’m far from rich, but I’ve been socking away what little I make for many years and the day will come soon enough when it’s time to make a go of it. I have been looking in ME, NH and VT, but that’s only because they’re closest to where I live, right now.

Once there’s no reason for me to be in such a crowded part of the country, I’ll be looking at land a lot farther away, but it would be cool to connect with other people in the AREA who have similar goals with the aim of meeting in person. The internet is a powerful tool, but I’m not interested in relying on it solely. This is where ideas live. I want to live in the real world. I’m just trying to use this technology to find any folks around here, if there are any, to possibly join forces with or, at least, to encourage each other on our own pursuits. Good luck! If you’re interested in corresponding, to save us some time, please, include where you live and what you do for work. Thanks for reading. (I promise, I don’t talk this much in person and I no longer have a dog):