Farmer John Promotes CSAs…and Creative Expression


Ages ago Amy recommended the documentary "The Real Dirt with Farmer John," which had won lots of filmPressphoto_bug_video

awards and tweaked her interest enough to add it to her Netflix queue.  So I took the tip and I think it’s appropriate to say my mind was blown (to use a term that Farmer John himself probably used back at Beloit in the ’60s).

Here’s what Alice Waters has to say:

Farmer John, with boa and pitchfork, is provocative and passionate about cultivating not only delicious vegetables but also a vibrant community of farmers and consumers dedicated to the values of sustainability.

And Joshua Tanzer of

A flamboyant, cross-dressing, hippie-loving, third-generation farmer – beaten down by debt, drought and the resentment of his community – saves his farm…by being different.

On a cold winter night, the story of Farmer John will warm you right up.   Here’s his wonderful site.

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Susan Harris

Susan’s a garden writer, teacher and activist in the Washington, D.C. area. Co-founder of GardenRant, she also wrote for national gardening magazines and independent garden centers before retiring in 2014. Now she has time for these projects:

  • Founding and now managing the pro-science educational nonprofit GOOD GARDENING VIDEOS that finds and promotes the best videos on YouTube for teaching people to garden.
  • Creating and managing DC GARDENS, the nonprofit campaign to promote the public gardens of the Washington, D.C. area, and gardening by locals.
  • Creating and editing the community website GREENBELT ONLINE to serve her adopted hometown of Greenbelt, Maryland (a “New Deal Utopia” founded in 1937).
  • Also in Greenbelt, MD, writing the e-newsletter and serving on the Board of Directors for the cooperatively-owned music and arts venue and restaurant called the NEW DEAL CAFE.

Contact Susan via email or by leaving a comment here.

Photo by Stephen Brown.