Daily Archives: January 18, 2013

Long-term dangers of covert farming

From Heather Retberg, on the Complete Patient blog:

Heather Retberg with her daughter, Carolyn. Photo via The Complete Patient blog.

“….For the last three years, I’ve been engaged in the urgent and pressing work of understanding who else is defining me, other farmers, and our community, and what impact those definitions bear on my life at Quill’s End Farm with my family.   These definitions also impact the whole renewed system of feeding each other, and the impact on the many farmers and their patrons across our land.

I’ve heard with increasing frequency farmers talking about “staying quiet”, or “just staying under the radar”, or “I’ll do it this way until I get caught”. I used to smile at this, even laugh.  I don’t any more.  Now it makes me very sad.  Because, of course, these ways of speaking about our work do make it sound like drug dealing.  Know any other honest profession that is just trying to “keep quiet” and “stay invisible”?  Continue reading


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