With the recent loss of agricultural teaching institutions such as the ag colleges, how can the knowledge and skills from farmers who've been on the land for decades be passed on?

With the recent loss of agricultural teaching institutions such as the ag colleges, how can the knowledge and skills from farmers who've been on the land for decades be passed on?

Cultivate Farms
Retiring farmers, Aspiring farmers



We are keen on the idea of retiring farmers staying connected to their farm forever and to their community.

 

a) One answer to this question is that if we can get more retiring farmers to share ownership and be bought out slowly over time by aspiring farmers, then this automatically means that these farmers get to share their knowledge with the aspiring farmer and hopefully other farmers in the area. They might also have more time to mentor.

 

b) Another answer is that we have phones now that can record video very quickly and easily. What is kids or grandkids interviewed their parents or grandparents and asked them about their farming legacy and ideas. Sharing this video online will allow others to learn. This is a great idea and I hope people take it up - we would definitely share it.