Lend A Hand
Before the advent of poisonous agrichemicals, farmers needed a BIG family to help produce quality food. Outside of the rigged economic conditions that make it harder for real farmers to make a profit, the costs of even having one child nowadays is enormous. So why not spend one weekend this year helping raise a barn, or transplanting tomatoes on a beautiful, sunny morning? Or maybe you're antsy in retirement after spending decades working in business, construction, marketing, law or engineering. Maybe you have an eye for design or would like to know more about growing your own food. Then spend some time on a farm! The feeling we get by being able to help a person who deserves to be helped is one of the greatest joys in life. Not only can you make connections, build community, be truly appreciated and feel you have contributed to making the world a better place, but you will begin to learn the practical and academic challenges real farmers must face everyday. Three people helping with even an hour of weeding has just saved that farmer over half a day of work. Contact the farmer ahead of time to discuss how you think you can help out.
On the Real Farm Directory, farmers will post about projects or upcoming events that they could use help on. Look for the 'hand' symbol, and a brief description of the type of help (legal, construction, general, etc...) will be shown as well as any associated dates or additional details. You can also see how to help on this page Lend A Hand, as we start to build the Farmer Profiles.