The Call of the Land


“You can teach philosophy while you’re teaching farming, but you can’t teach farming while you’re teaching philosophy.”

Farming was a job that was once widespread, but today it is often a job that many people (at least in the U.S.) don’t consider as a career. However, all that is about to change as a new generation of farmers comes into being, as detailed in the National Geographic short film, The Call of the Land: Meet the Next Generation of Farmers. Photographed and filmed by Eva Verbeeck and Spencer MacDonald, the film documents the lives of the young farmers in the Pacific Northwest. Up close and personal with the rhythms of life, these farmers heed to the call of the land in order to connect with every humans’ innate past and become one with the ebb and flow of nature.

After watching this film, I realized that the boss of a farmer is nature itself. One could either get a raise, lose a job, or get a day off, depending on nature’s whims. It always seems to be a gamble when you are a farmer, but you never really seem to lose either way because nature will swing in your favor once more with each rising and setting sun. Farming (with sustainable techniques) is a way to reconnect us to nature, food, our past, present, and to the beauty of life.


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