For Farmers, Wind Energy might mean Survival

September 25, 2018

I’m not a farmer, but my son is. I like to think it’s an indicator that perhaps I did something right in life.

Farming is hard.
A farmers job is to scratch a living off a piece of land in a way that is sustainable for him and for his children going forward. If he’s lucky, he makes enough money to put food on the table, send his kids to school, and provide for some kind of retirement.
His job is to steward the land and all that lives on it and in it, preserve the rural character of the community from sprawl and careless development, feed himself, and in doing so, feed the rest of us – in a world that is rapidly heading toward 9 billion hungry mouths.

His job is not to provide an unchanging pastoral backdrop for some city folk’s imagined retirement or second home lifestyle – but that is the weapon that is being used by cynical fossil fuel interests to bludgeon small town councils and boards and intimidate residents into restrictive wind ordinances.

The farmers and enlightened land owners are fighting back, and I’m doing everything I can to help them. Stay tuned.

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