I’m excited to welcome Ross and Taylor Smith to the show. Ross is a sixth-generation farmer from Indiana and currently works for Organic Valley in northern Indiana. Ross and Taylor share their story about starting a produce farm (while dating!) and Ross’s current work with the nation’s largest dairy co-op. We also discuss the challenges facing U.S. ag and the next generation of farmers, and the passion that fuels them in their work.
As you listen to Ross and Taylor tell their story, remember that you’re hearing just one story of farming in today’s world. When I was at Purdue, I realized there are as many stories of farming as there are farmers. The story behind why and how someone farms is deeply personal and it is a privilege to listen when farmers share about their work. Ross and Taylor give us the gift of their young, but in some ways very old, story farming, and I hope that by listening to their story you will be inspired to listen to more stories of the people who make modern ag happen.
Notes from today’s show:
An English Sheep Farmer’s View of Rural America by James Rebanks via NYT
The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks