Fear and Loathing on the Farm

Chris Newman
5 min readFeb 28, 2023

Why farmers are scared of their own customers, and how it’s holding sustainable agriculture back

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I’ve worked with about a half-dozen farms over the last six months as part of a Skywoman effort to help them get profitable, collaborate with other businesses, and advance the work of regional food sovereignty. In the course of that work, one thing has stood out above all else:

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Chris Newman

Building a new, accessible, open, and democratic food economy in the Chesapeake Bay region @ Sylvanaqua Farms