Deep down I think we all should be farmers, at least for some part of our lives. So many jobs in our economy, including most of the ones I’ve had, shouldn’t really exist in a society that made sense. They’re making or selling stuff that no one needs, or facilitating the exploitation of workers and the earth for the benefit of the few, or distracting us from all that. But farming is honest work. It’s hard, physical work, and it produces food, which is essential for our survival and, done well, enhances our lives and our health.
Farmers have a different relationship to the earth than most of us. Living and working so closely with the land and being directly dependent on the soil and the weather and the climate and cycles of seasons and cycles of life and death, makes them more connected to the earth and, so to speak, more grounded in their lives.