‘Helping’ is temporary. It creates a power dynamic, an authority figure and a sense of dependence. ‘Helping’ implies that people cannot ‘help’ themselves. I am not here to ‘help’ farmer-veterans. I am here to remind them of the power they already have and connect them with the means to use that power.
Over the course of its 20 years, RAFI has encountered many family farmers who have yet to fully access the programs and services available to them. Last Tuesday, more than 30 farmers from the American Prawn Cooperative gathered for our Resource Rodeo.