National Farmer’s Day, October 12, is a day to honor hardworking farmers throughout American history. Only 2 percent of us feed and sustain the rest of us. Let’s show farmers some love!
Every five years, the United States Department of Agriculture conducts a census of American farmers. While census data from 2012 shows that the majority of farmers are older (average age: 58+) white men, there are more women and minority farmers than ever before.
Meet Today’s Small Farm
For National Farmer’s Day, we’re highlighting Lettuce Love Farm, a small farm owned by Lauren Tyner and Kevin Haggerty, both in their 20s. We follow them as they navigate the challenges of being business owners who care about food, farming, and the environment.
How to Support Your Local Farmer
Supporting your local farmer is easy! Many small farms, like Lettuce Love Farm, sell directly to the consumer through farmers’ markets. Visit yours to meet local farmers, learn about their farming practices, and buy the freshest produce, eggs, and meat.
Find farmers’ markets in your area here.
The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac
For more, read our Farmer to Table Special Report in The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac! Farmers share their stories, inspirations, and dreams in this series fathering folks who grow our food. Pick up a copy of the 2019 Almanac today!
It makes a great gift or stocking stuff for everyone on your list, too.