THE BOOK THAT
Darron “Farmer D” Joffe had an epiphany. All around he saw young people with higher levels of isolations, loneliness and depression despite being omni-connected at all times. From his work, Farmer D knew that the lessons of farming are the lessons of life. Delaying instant gratification and putting in the planning and hard work for a prosperous future. Dealing with adversity, setbacks and vagaries of Mother Nature. Yielding a rich harvest and beginning again. And perhaps the most important, breaking the relentless cycle of screens that preoccupy our thoughts, dreams and relentlessly consume our time.
So Farmer D wrote Citizen Farmers. And turned an idea into a movement. Part Bildungsroman, part polemic, part playbook to build community and provide a sense of purpose and belonging, Citizen Farmers represents a new, powerful antipode to digital dystopia. A return to the land in the most fundamental sense to allow young people to uncover timeless lessons, revel in real accomplishment and ultimately make a positive impact on the world.
Citizen Farmers Academy may not operate in a traditional classroom, but the lessons learned and independence achieved through sustainable stewardship of the land are a lifelong harvest.
HEAD ON DOWN TO
SOUTH NODE TO
DISCOVER THE CITIZEN
FARMER IN YOU
Ever wonder what it is like to experience life on a working farm? Cultivate your own crops? savor supper harvested from the land mere minutes earlier? Now you can, at
South Node Farm
CITIZEN FARMERS PLANNING AND
FARM MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Planning, managing and activating the physical farming and educational programming at community farms.
From school gardens to agrihoods, Citizen Farmers provides master planning and farm development support through its partnership with Farmer D.
Providing farm and garden management support including recruiting, training and mentoring staff, interns, volunteers and subcontractors.
Host and support farm-based community building events and educational programs in partnership with local stakeholders.
Citizen Farmers learn about social entrepreneurship and emotional health by working in the garden and starting their own farm enterprise.
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