What is a “Featured” Farmer?
By Tayler Jenkins
If you’ve been receiving our newsletter, you have probably noticed the introduction of a monthly “featured farmer.” Featured farmer—that sounds so official, doesn’t it? What makes somebody a farmer, let alone a featured farmer?
Here’s a hint—it doesn’t matter if you’re growing herbs on your windowsill, keeping chickens in your backyard, or experimenting with your first tomatoes. If you grow and share your food, even just with your family or neighbors, you are already a farmer!
We introduced the featured farmer column because we are so inspired by what you guys are doing and want to spread this enthusiasm. No two farms are the same, and it’s incredible to see the diverse methods each of you are using to grow, as well as the various fruits and vegetables each of you are growing.
So far, we’ve featured a tropical plant pioneer, a dynamic duo, a beekeeper, an aquaponics aficionado, a health-conscious mom, a practical new farmer, an organic food advocate, and a lifelong self-proclaimed Garden Guru.
What are you growing? As Farmer Greg has said, “You can be a balcony gardener, a backyard farmer, a tower garden aficionado… does not matter to us as long as you are growing food.” So, no matter what “homegrown” entails to you, know that when you take control of your food in this way you are a part of the revolution and are making a difference for yourself and the world around you.
Interested in sharing your urban farming endeavors with us? If you are passionate about urban farming and would like to write a related article to be published on our blog and newsletter, please email Tayler@UrbanFarm.org.