A moving manifesto from Lucinda (Co-founder and Head Hen at Moink) on behalf of Family Farms everywhere.
“Did you know that only 2% of Americans are farmers? That puts us in the same class as endangered species.
Being a farmer has its challenges no matter WHAT kind of farmer someone is – conventional, organic, row cropper, potato grower or chicken wrangler… doesn’t matter.
At the end of the day, I am confident that all farmers strive for the same thing: To make an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work and for a fair shake at making a go of farming. I don’t think that is too much to ask… do you?
When you level that playing field between big ag and the small family farm… then the one that ends up on top is the one that works the hardest and I can guarantee you this- those that farm because they love it… are never outworked.” – Lucinda
We Are the Family Farm. Stand with Us.
We don’t want government subsidies, but we do want an even playing field on which to compete, so please don’t allow them to be given to corporate giants.
On average, if you added up our working hours, we make less than minimum wage, so please don’t haggle us on price.
We are walking wikipedias on the topics of our trade, so please don’t think us intellectually inferior.
If we cease to exist then you would be dependent on companies that are “too big to fail” for your food supply, and we all know that nothing is ever too big to fail.
Who are we?
We are the family farm, and as such we ask you to stand with us.
Stand with us as we fight to keep our land out of the hands of those who attempt to swindle us into less diversification in the name of efficiency, by purchasing products from farms produced in a wholistic and bio-dynamic way.
Stand with us so we can have the freedom to plant non GMO crops and save our seeds without fear of retaliation, by opposing laws that allow companies to patent life and then sue us in the name of copyright infringement.
Stand with us against those that would have us raise animals in deplorable conditions for the sake of a dollar, by refusing to buy meat from feedlots or confinement buildings.
You are our customers, our neighbors, our countrymen, and above all else you are our fellow humans. All of us, together, can create a foundation that the next generation is proud to stand on. Together we can be keep our food system pure, and together we can leave this land better than we found it.