Long ago, a farmer was sitting at the campfire with his friends, dicouraged about attacks on his farm.
“They (being government and large ag entities) just don’t want people to raise their own food, or to be farming small scale,” worried he and his friends.
“Remember that rat and the chef in that movie…Ratatoiulle,” the farmer suddenly said, “The chef said, ‘Anyone can cook!’ The rat believed and went for it like the chef taught. We can do that!” And so Anyone Can Farm was born.
We believe in the idea that anyone can farm. Anyone can raise herbs in a kitchen window, tomatoes on a patio, chickens in a backyard. The community that has grown around the nightly YouTube shows is amazing. The people that have come to classes, and then gone home and “done the thing” is exactly the goal.
Last weekend we saw the fruit of that effort. Over 50 people, adults and kids, attended the first annual Anyone Can Farm Tribe Gathering. It was about evenly split between kids and adults, which is a great testimony to the generation of farm kids coming up. We listened to practical experts and learned about
- pasturing cattle
- food preservation methods
- food anyone can forage in their backyard
- starting a pastured poultry operation
- tree propagation and other related topics
Plus, the kids had various activities and generally enjoyed making new friends.
What did people have to say as they left?
“This was so refreshing.”
“The kids had a blast. And we learned a lot, too.”
“The information was almost too much to absorb. But I’m really inspired to go home and learn more.”
“The fellowship at the campfires was so great, getting to talk with other people who think the same. How can we get more people to stay and camp out?”
People were inspired to go home and do things on their homesteads. Parents and children alike were refreshed by good company. Everyone is already looking forward to next year.
Check out Mark’s debrief on the YouTube show and the comments from people who attended. Hope you can join us next year!