Lessons from the Land

Seeking Submissions for Column:
“Lessons from the Land”


The Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming and the Cornell Small Farms Program are teaming up to create a new column called Lessons from the Land, which will first appear in the Fall 2016 issue of the Small Farm Quarterly.

Lessons from the Land will capture and share the stories of and lessons learned from farmers, homesteaders and land workers around New York and the Northeast.

Too often, farmers and homesteaders exist in isolation; working long hard days, both overcoming significant and unpredictable challenges and also witnessing earth’s abundance.  Stories are a way to connect, unite, and share ideas, information and experiences.

We want to hear stories from growers of all types and sizes, on real topics, that matter!

Each issue has a theme (see below for upcoming topics). Submissions of 400 – 800 words may be submitted online HERE. We will publish only nonfiction submissions. Feel free to submit your name, farm name, city and state or submit your piece as “anonymous” if it allows you to be more honest.

We reserve the right to edit your submission to meet space limitations or to be sensitive to privacy issues.  We will share changes with you before publishing. Because of space limitations, we are unable to print all the submissions we receive. Selected entries will be published in each issue of the Small Farm Quarterly as well as online on the Groundswell Center and Small Farm Program websites.

CURRENT TOPIC: Tools: Assets & Liabilities

The theme for the Winter 2016 SFQ issue is “TOOLS: Assets and Liabilities.”

toolsSubmissions of 400 – 800 words are due November 11th

Whether it’s a favorite tractor or hand tool, all farmers need tools to get work done. Tools generally make farming easier, but things can also go wrong, or we can make mistakes using these powerful machines. We want to hear stories of tools saving the day, tools breaking, and tools being handed down from generation to generation. Or tell us about your absolute essential farm tool, and why.  


Deadline: November 11

PREVIOUS TOPIC: Water Woes & Triumphs (Fall 2016)

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Upcoming Topics & Submission Deadlines: 

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