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New Crop of Farmers :: Jacob Cowgill

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Prairie Heritage Farm, Conrad, MT

Born and raised on the rural plains of central Montana, Jacob returned home to farm after completing his Masters degree in Environmental Studies. He’s spent the past couple years experimenting with innovative dryland vegetable growing. This spring Jacob and his new wife will begin cultivating 15 acres of their own.

“Farming is a lifestyle and a way to be intimately tied to a small piece of this earth. It is about creating a degree of self-sufficiency while being deeply involved in my community. It is about earth, sky, sunshine, rain, friends, and family. It is about poverty in the measurable and wealth in the immeasurable.

“I've chosen this career because in doing so, I'm choosing a lifestyle. I've had jobs—the 9 to 5, the commute, the cubicle—but I don't want to live two lives. I don't want a work life and a non-work life. I want to live one life where labor, family, health, happiness, intellect, and art all collide and merge.

“The small farmer's strength is in his passion and in her belief that there is something better for our citizenry and communities. What must happen right now is that everybody who puts a fork to plate needs to know the politics and challenges, the lives and labor behind what is on that plate. Rural or urban, our society needs food that teaches those whose mouths it touches. Desire for good, local food continues to grow and there are many opportunities for new farmers to meet this demand. I have to believe we can make a living doing it.”

Visit the farm at www.PrairieHeritageFarm.com.


Anna Stern and Kim NochiAnna Stern and Kim Nochi interviewed the young farmers in this series for Food for Everyone, the spring 2009 issue of YES! Magazine. Anna and Kim are editorial interns at YES!

 

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