Submitted by Jeff Hake on Tue, 09/01/2015 – 6:17am Any journey might break you. A good journey will put you back together. Rural road in Iganga district, on the way to class. I recently traveled to Uganda to work with rural smallholder farmers as they strive to begin farming as a business. Currently, smallholder farmers […]
Of partners and servants
Submitted by Jeff Hake on Mon, 01/04/2016 – 11:27pm “Land is our partner, not our servant.” –Dave Bishop, PrairiErth Farm This simple phrase, tucked into a presentation to our Farm Beginnings students a few weeks ago, could well serve as the foundation of our efforts to reform how we grow food. When a farmer treats the land […]
Put your money on diversity
Submitted by Jeff Hake on Sun, 01/31/2016 – 2:54pm Writing a blog like this is a privilege for so many reasons. One reason is that I get to be expressive in a way that neither scientists nor journalists are able to. So let me tell you this: there is a new study out from Iowa […]
Run for your life!
Submitted by Jeff Hake on Mon, 05/11/2015 – 2:10pm If you haven’t already, go see the documentary The Greenhorns. There are a lot of films about food and farming out there, but this is one of my favorites. The stories from beginning farmers, in all their struggles and triumphs, are great. However, I was sold […]
Season extension: the hottest thing in the cold
Submitted by Jeff Hake on Fri, 01/23/2015 – 3:43pm Although I’m not currently farming, I love reading industry rags. So when Vegetable Growers News showed up at our office recently, I was excited. Headlines like “Higher potato consumption goal of social media effort” and “Federal grant awarded for organic tomato research” are sure to catch […]
Story. Personality. Soul.
Submitted by Jeff Hake on Mon, 03/17/2014 – 11:31am Story. Personality. Soul. I have discovered of late, in my new work with The Land Connection, that it is these things, not corn or milk or hayrides, that the new wave of entrepreneurial farmers is selling. This year’s MOSES conference was rife with this sentiment. “You […]