We’ve neglected this whole issue of how much we need rural people.
We really need them.
Rural people who have the rural talents and the production talents we study are like an endangered species.
I sometimes go to the farm community and go,
“Look, I don’t want to put you under the microscope, but you’re pretty important. You’re a minority person in our economy, but your activities are so important. We need to promote you, show you some respect.”
I think the general social tendency in this society is:
farmers are bumpkins.
They’re not modern.
Well, most farmers that I encountered over the past twenty years were open and progressive.
-Sean Swezey: Educator
(transcript from Cultivating a Movement: Organic and Sustainable Farming)