Navigating The Farm On Social Media


| 2/27/2019 9:04:00 AM


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I always look around and think to myself what an interesting time it is to be alive (as if any other time would not be.)  We have arrived at a place that only scifi novels could have predicted and looking into the future, we know that inconceivable realities are bound to manifest.  I walk around my farm with a tiny computer in my pocket that is more talented at most things than I am myself and I spend little to no time thinking about how our relationship may be changing who I am.

There is a call to some in our world today to slow down our development and disassociate from screens, streams, and the endless consumption of media.  We all seem to have the shared understanding that there is such a thing as too much, yet walking that fine line can be difficult. Where kids are concerned, ascertaining what the benefits of reduced screen time are versus what level of responsibility we have over introducing our youth to the communications and technologies that will dominate their adult lives is a difficult spread to maneuver.

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I bring this very broad and large question mark down to the level of my very personal relationship with Social Media in farming culture and the confusion only deepens.  The internet has allowed the regenerative-agriculture movement to connect in unimaginable ways through videos, podcasts, webinars, and instagram. The young individuals going into farming today have a world of resources at their fingertips shared by experienced growers all over the globe.  The instagram hashtags, follows, and likes have sprouted a new form of community that ties individuals together who may be farming in rural areas where the sense of local community vanished with the consolidation of agriculture in our country.



This sense of community gives growers the validation they need to continue.  It gives them a place to shine and support one another and these beautiful expressions of the human experience cannot be discounted.  Not to mention, the free advertising can build a business overnight.

heatherw
3/1/2019 10:14:46 AM

Beautifully expressed. Thank you.






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