Any Truth Farmers out there?

by Chris John
Community Seekers
New England

A truth farmer is a person who wants to build their life on the truth. They might actually be a farmer, but I doubt they’d be reading this if they are. Farming requires a lot of time and energy which doesn’t usually give a person the luxury of surfing the internet. 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 there’s no 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 a business. 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 with. 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 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 be if we had first dibs, to be more important than customers. The dilemna every hard working farmer 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’m, presently, working on a farm in Maine, but only part-time at the moment. I had to move back east to take care of an elderly parent so I travel down to Mass once a week, ugh. 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 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’ve been looking in ME, NH and VT, but that’s only because they’re closest to where I live, right now.

It would be cool to connect with other truth farmers in the AREA with the aim of meeting in person not just relying on the internet if there are any out there 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 you; I don’t talk this much in person)