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New Crop of Farmers :: Pete Rasmussen, 26

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Sandhill Farms, Eden UT

Pete grows over 20 varieties of gourmet garlic on two acres in northern Utah. In the off-season he works as the garden and nutrition teacher at Maxwell Park Academy, an elementary school in Oakland, CA.

“What does it mean to be a young farmer today? Each moment the land speaks; our mission is to remember how to listen. Turning soil, planting seeds, praying for rain, and walking silently each morning through our maze of crops—these daily rituals teach us to be good listeners. Once we learn to hear the land speak, we will be prepared to build bridges between land and people. ‘The peculiar genius of each continent—each river valley, the rugged mountains, the placid lakes—all call for relief from the constant burden of exploitation,’ said Native American philosopher and author Vine Deloria, Jr. ‘Who will find peace with the lands?’ This is our challenge as young American farmers. Each season, as we learn to listen, we’ll better understand what it means to be farmers and guardians of this sweet land.”


Visit the farm at www.SandhillFarms.org.

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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