Sustainable Food: Earthen Path Organic Farm


[ Bird sounds ]>>Bringing the people
behind our food to life. [Bird sounds]>>I graduated from
college in the early ’70s when people were thinking
about the world needing to go a different direction
and people needing to get back to the land and learn to
live in harmony with nature and to learning to live
with ideals that were more about humanity than
about profit. Somebody needed to farm. That’s the connection with the
land and it’s the connection with what people need and developing a human
social order based on that harmonious food
production, was the only vision that I could see
that made sense. The store that we use kind of
as a house and a connection to the community around
us was built in 1913. There were five families
that made their living by working through the store. They bought and sold wool. There were even stories about
bootleg during prohibition, but some deny and
some say it’s true. They sold ice cream
cones and hardware and clothing and Red Wing shoes. They had dances. It was abandoned for five
years before I found it. And I was actually at
that time looking for land where I could build a wood shop,
because I was making furniture, and growing vegetables
in the summer.>>Earthen Path Organic
Farm is named because that’s what
it was for me. It was an earthen path towards
what I believed was important to strive for for all
humanity, an earthen path, where we’re connected
to the earth and we live within the circle of life,
within the cycles of nature, ecologically, sustainably. So Earthen Path Organic
Farm has been an attempt to take the small piece of land
that I have and raise a family on them, on that, teaching them
how to live from their labor, from their creativity with
the resources on that land. Gus, can you come
on over and help? We’re just going to clean
up that front pen and put down some fresh straw. And [ Background noises ]>>Take a look. So we’re going to clean
out this front pen. All right.>>Yeah, mom, out you
go, right out of the box.>>We have lots of animals. I love animals. And we have chickens. We sell eggs, and
eat chickens too. In the fall we raise up a batch
or two of broilers to sell, turkeys, ducks, geeses, horses. We have farmed horses
for probably about 27 or 28 years now. I can’t remember exactly what
year it was I got my first team. The reason I’ve been doing
it has been to pass on, not just the knowledge
and the skills, but to pass on what we build. Most of the farms around — the good, old farms with the
real barns and everything, were the work of
several generations, somebody homesteading the land,
and each generation adding to it and building to it. And to me, you can’t
have a sustainable model without thinking about the
people on the land as well, passing on the skills
and the land into the future generations. So I’m really happy that after
going out and managing a farm in New York, my son, Joe and
Rebecca are back, and I’m hoping that eventually several of my
other children will be here, participating as well. And all my life as I was
raising kids, I’ve done it with the intent of
having something for space for everybody. We don’t have enough land,
so one of the thoughts with the greenhouse was
there’s enough here, enough greenhouse businesses,
to support several families. There’s a space in this
little piece of land to support several generations. I would love to rock the
grandkids on the porch and watch and consult. [ Background noise ]

6 thoughts on “Sustainable Food: Earthen Path Organic Farm

  1. How lucky are his children to be a part of something that is being lost? Great post, I think I found a new favorite channel.

  2. A big Thanks goes out to Steven for sharing with me a dream of living a better life a long time ago. I visited the farm for a weekend and came home to make it a reality. Mike Eeten, Goodeetens Produce Farm

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