In early October, 2012, I joined Oxfam and the Women In Agriculture Network to take a tour of Yeehaw Farm in Duncannon, Pennsylvania. Yeehaw Farm is a multi-generational farm operated by Judi Radel that moved to sustainable practices 5 years ago. The farm raises cows, goats, and chickens, as well as vegetables and grains, selling the resulting products to local customers via Farmer’s Markets, their own on-site farm stand, and several CSA options.
This tour, and the thoughts that come from it, integrate well with the conversations had with Warren Brush about broadscale permaculture, and Seth Wilner on meeting farmer’s where they are to get appropriate buy-in. We share with the farmer’s but first must seek to understand the place they operate from.
If you have an opportunity to join a farm tour and see local operations, I highly recommend it. Observe what they share, interact with the others in the group, and leave with a new wealth of resources.