Here's something else about myself: I am studying sustainable agriculture at the University of Missouri. This is a little strange considering that I have no background in farming and came to Missouri to study photojournalism. Sometimes I can feel out of place in the ag school, having such a different background than most of the other students in my classes. But learning about agriculture touches something within me. It excites me. I love how I'm gaining a better perspective on how food is made in this country and what we can do to grow food in a more sustainable way. It is incredible that the whole agricultural system can be so easily overlooked. It is incredible that farmers--the people who feed us--are some of the most underpaid workers. And it is incredible how disconnected we have become from our food sources.
I am excited to join the movement of localizing our food production and growing quality over quantity. I am excited to become one of the players in making a small difference in the nature of our agricultural system. Natalie and I don't know exactly what we'll do when we graduate. Right now, the thought is to have a small-scale farm, close to or in a city. We would grow organic vegetables and maybe have chickens and goats. We would sell produce at a farmers' market. Natalie would make jams and preserve vegetables from the farm. For now, these are thought and dreams. We'll see if they become reality.
The photos are from the Martz Farm in Columbia. They raise free-range pasture-fed beef, lamb and chickens. We took a field trip to the farm in my sustainable ag class. It is a beautiful farm on rolling hills with lush, green pasture.
If you're interested in these issues, I would suggest you watch the documentary, "Food, Inc." Natalie and I watched it the other week. It made us a little upset (in a good way).