As the daughter of two farm kids, early spring is the season that makes me feel most hopeful. Every green shoot feels like a promise that something good could happen. It’s too early in the season to know what the summer will bring, though there’s always the specter of a devastating late frost. Despite these climate-related dramas in waiting, there’s also the thrill of anticipation and the joy of finding something new, something growing, each day.
Although I’ve lived in places where spring may mean snow through April and places where spring could show up in late February, there’s one constant I look forward to, no matter how long it takes: the return of my local farmers’ market.
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- The USDA: The U.S. Department of Agriculture has created a mentoring network for women in farming, as well as resources for Veterans who want to get their hands in the dirt. If either of these options suit your needs, check them out and let us know how it goes!
- Get Your Spouse Involved: If your military spouse is interested in partnering with you to make some farm dreams a reality, make sure they take advantage of these resources so you can both reap the rewards.
-The Farmer Veteran Coalition
- Get Involved at Your Local Market: While you’re grabbing greens for dinner, find out how these farms got started. See if they have a need for volunteers, if they would be willing to answer a few questions, if they need someone to pitch in… many hands make light work, and you could learn valuable, practical information in the meantime.
- Get in the Classroom: Agriculture isn’t just a matter for the fields… it’s a field that also has roots in the classroom, in the lab, in sales, and in the boardroom. If you’re interested in an agriculture-related field, see what requirements you’d need to meet to realize your dreams, and make a plan. Go shadow someone who has the job you think you might want, and see if it’s a reality you’re willing to invest in.
If the time has come for you to get your hands in the dirt and grow your own business, we’re cheering you on! If you’ve already made your farm dreams a reality, we’d love to feature you in the next MSEJ. Contact Jamie Boyle to tell your story.
May Your Fields (or Garden Beds) Be Full!
Story by Emilie Duck