In the American imagination, at least, the family farm still exists as it does on holiday greeting cards: as a picturesque, modestly prosperous expanse that wholesomely fills the space between the urban centers where most of us live. But it has been declining for generations.
Farmers have always talked of looming disaster, but the duration and severity of the current crisis suggests an alarming and once unthinkable possibility — that independent farming is no longer a viable livelihood. The disappearance of the small farm would further hasten the decline of rural America, which has been struggling to maintain an economic base for decades. Family farmers say concentrating farmland among a few big companies is akin to feudalism, and un-American. They need support and soil diversity to survive.
Small rural farmers and farm supporters are fighting for Equitable cannabis regulations that also create meaningful participation for farmers.
Guests: Ominique Garner, AV Rose Farms, Averyl Andrade, Healthy Futures Farm.