Friday, March 18, 2011

Introducing Farmer Hero Fridays

MattAs part of our mission to keep family farmers on their land, we speak with farmers every day at 1-800-FARM-AID. Each month, our newsletter highlights one specific Farmer Hero
to discuss the issues that they're facing and hear what's happening on their farm. We'd like to share some of these stories here on our blog, so over the coming months on a couple Fridays every month, we'll be pointing to Farmer Heroes from the archives.

David Marvel

The first Farmer Hero we'd like to introduce you to is David Marvel Jr. from Harrington, Delaware.

David Marvel Jr.'s family has been in the business of farming for many years — since 1650, to be exact. In just the last generation, however, the Marvels have witnessed a major transition toward an increasingly industrial agricultural system in which farms are forced to get bigger just to keep up. "I don't blame farmers for this shift," David explains, "I blame our country for letting agriculture get this way."

David fully recognizes the struggle for family farmers to stay afloat under current conditions, especially for mid-sized farms that are being left out of the economies of scale of large production agriculture and the burgeoning direct markets of small-scale, niche production. With farm to school programs, however, David and other small to mid-sized family farmers are finding a viable solution.
Click here to read the rest of David's story.

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