‘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.
This reports outlines a strategy for sustaining income and jobs in rural communities through investment in existing farm businesses. The report documents the role that direct-investment in farmer innovation can play in assisting rural, farm enterprises to transition to more profitable, sustainable models.