During the last visible
farm crisis of the 80's farmers and ranchers realized the volatility of
traditional commodity markets. Many have moved towards organic agriculture
and have realized a robust market that frequently has lead to keeping more
dollars on the farm by processing the product before it reaches the consumer.
Beyond investing common sense knowledge, small and medium-sized farmers
and ranchers require innovation and creative applications of research and
technology that encourages diverse ecosystems.
Sandy Sullivan - Maple Valley, Washington
My dad taught us to respect the land. He was the outdoors type of person and enjoyed having a lot of time in the outdoors, not just in agriculture, but in fishing and hunting and camping and just being a part of the environment. He encouraged all of his sons and daughters to do the same thing. I've encouraged my family to do well and be a part of this. My wife and I are both Christians, and I think that God provides you with certain things as you go along in life, and I think this is something that he has provided us. I feel that he's overseen this entire project...God's trying to teach us something with this. We can learn something perhaps about him, about people, about the land. It's really fun when you're picking those apples and putting them into the bin, you really feel that God smiled on you and blessed you.
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