“Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals and happiness.”
~ Thomas Jefferson
By Corey Lynn and James White
There was a time in this nation’s history when families were more united, when there was less homelessness, and when talk of potential famine was virtually non-existent. That time in our history was when the majority of Americans were farmers. When we say “majority,” keep in mind that some estimates put the number of Americans who lived at, worked at, or owned a farm in the early 20th century at or above 90%.
With the current state of things, one has to wonder if the “good old days” of family farms are making a comeback. If they do, our guest on this edition of the Solution Series, John Klar, was way ahead of the curve. John was a tax attorney and had been practicing criminal and family litigation for several years when, in 1997, he was stricken with undiagnosed Lyme disease. He and his wife Jackie purchased a former dairy farm in Vermont’s remote Northeast Kingdom and began farming. John not only became aware of where his food came from but also learned how laws and economic favoritism for industrial farming undermine small farms as well as food safety and freshness.
In June 2023, John released his book titled Small Farm Republic: Why Conservatives Must Embrace Local Agriculture, Reject Climate Alarmism, and Lead an Environmental Revival (Chelsea Green Publishing) with a foreword by Joel Salatin. When it comes to farming, John is ahead of the pack and has displayed all of the courage necessary to battle the forces that oppose him. Take the time to listen to or watch this interview—you will not be disappointed!
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