Talking to farmers will certainly help but it is not enough. People who romanticize farming tend to be those who have never done it. And those who have know the the clash between a the culture presented in media that values quick money and short term commitments over pride in making something and long term commitments. And those who control education and public policy consistently focus on a one-size fits all educational standard that emphasizes abstract academics over trades and industrial skills.
I guess I would like to see more emphasis in public education and government policy on careers and professions associated with agriculture and other career paths that speak to those who like to make things. Why not open a trades high-school that includes a working farm? There is plenty of brown-field sites in the cities across the US.
The question and response above brings to mind "Shop Craft as Soulcraft" by Matthew Crawford. There is something deeper and more troubling in that romanticism. More like longing I think . . .
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