I Interviewed a Professional Farmer

Forrest Pritchard from Smith Meadows Farm in West Virgina, USA recently took the time from his busy schedule (he’s in the midst of a book tour on top of farming) and answered some wannabe farmer questions I had for him. If you don’t know who Forrest Pritchard is, he’s gradually becoming one of best known grass farmers in America. Like so many others in a sense Forrest is a protege of Joel Salatin. The two are close enough in fact that Joel wrote the forward to Forrest’s new book Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmer’s Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm. I recently had the pleasure to read the book and I have a review posted in the book review section of this very website. I can say without hesitation again if you’re looking for a great story about turning dream into reality, and/or if you want to learn more about food (real food, the kind that grows mold after a few days) and where it comes from Forrest’s book is a great read. For the interview I asked Forrest 10 questions that I thought every wannabe farmer would want to ask a professional farmer if they had the chance. You’ll see why I keep referring to Forrest as a “professional farmer” once you read the interview. Hope this interview helps any wannabe farmers out there, along with anyone generally interested in learning about the big questions when it comes to getting started in farming. And again, another big thanks to Forrest for taking the time to answer these questions. Enjoy!

9 Rules For Starting Your Own Farm – By Forrest Pritchard of Smith Meadows

You’ve dreamed of becoming a farmer, growing food not just for yourself but for your greater community. You yearn to work with the soil, and are prepared for a life of physical toil, intellectual challenges, and uncertain finances. All that’s left is to trade in your suit and tie for sturdy boots and a dilapidated hat.

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