Alive and well
So it’s official. The “green” movement in agriculture is alive and well in Elkhart County. Even so, both Hartman and Stinson agree that considering a change to a more sustainable mode of growing can be intimidating for a beginner looking to make the switch.
“My advice to a beginner would be to talk to farmers who are already using these sustainable growing practices, and maybe even consider doing a year-long internship with them,” Hartman said. “There’s a huge learning curve when it comes to sustainable farming. It’s often assumed farming is something anyone can do, but in reality, it takes years of experience and a large body of knowledge to be successful at it.”
And according to Stinson, a true desire to live sustainable doesn’t hurt either.
“I think people have to believe it’s the right thing to do if they’re ever really going to be successful at it,” Stinson said. “That said, I would definitely encourage anyone who is interested in growing sustainably to look into it.”