FARM AND RANCH FAMILIES CULTIVATING GOOD FOOD, HEALTHY LAND AND RURAL VITALITY
Landless Farmer: Patrick Certain
The National Young Farmers Coalition found that access to land is the number one challenge new farmers and ranchers face. Patrick is one of the thousands of new farmers looking for farmland.
Wyoming Food Freedom Act Provides Opportunity for Producers
Thanks to legislation passed in 2015 and updated in 2017, the local food movement is blossoming in Wyoming. The Wyoming Food Freedom Act enables producers, like Joe Wesnitzer, to sell directly to consumers. This Act encourages the expansion of agricultural sales by farmers’ markets, ranches, farms and home-based producers.
Local Producers Connect Community to Food
New farmers Matt and Lindy Geraets started the Capital City Farmers’ Market in Pierre, South Dakota with their friend Julie Bolding. Together, they are connecting Pierre to locally grown food.
The Story of One Oregon Mega-dairy is the Story of America's Ag Epidemic
Proponents pitched Lost Valley Farm as a rural economy booster. The reality of the operation, and operations like it, could have permanently devastated the area.
Rosebud Reservation Creates Economic Opportunity Through Food Sovereignty
Rosebud Economic Development Corporation (REDCO) builds Homegrown Prosperity by connecting Sicangu Lakota Oyate communities to local, traditional food.
Booms and Busts: A century of trying to protect a family ranch
In the 100 years since starting Turnercrest ranch, the Turner family has had to adapt to life with the energy industry as their neighbor.
Sky Island Farm
Kate and Bill Harwell own and operate Sky Island Farm in Hoquiam, Washington. They’re sharing their experience on what it’s like to start a farm as a first generation farmer.
Annika Charter Williams
Annika and her family have ranched 19 miles north of Billings, Montana, for three generations. Annika is working hard to connect consumers to local producers through the Yellowstone Valley Food Hub.
Steve owns and operates Hillside Prairie Garden, a mixed vegetable garden in Brookings, South Dakota.
Eastern Oregon farmer Doug Lewis explains how transitioning to organic and diversifying his operation saved the farm.