Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Organic Farming Saved his Way of Living

This article from Mother Earth News describes one farmers' journey to maintain the way of living that had been a legacy in his family for years. After much farming traditionally, in order to save himself from going under, John Peterson took a new aspect of farming into his fields: organic.

The Real Dirt on Farmer John

John Peterson grew up on an iconic Midwestern farm in Illinois with big red barns, dairy cows, expansive fields and neighbors working together to harvest crops. His father died when John was a teenager, so he took over running the farm. Over the next decade, he went deeper and deeper into debt and eventually had to sell everything except the farmstead and 22 acres.

It's an old story thousands of farmers across the United States have lost their farms. Many moved on into regular jobs and suburban lifestyles, but John took a different path and started over as an organic farmer.

Read the entire story here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Organic farming is on the rise. It should be, too. How many more crop dusters do we need spreading toxic chemicals over the food we eat. It's so sad that we've gone down this path due to profits...

Kristen Colello
Author on organic foods