Farming the dream was started by Terrance Layhew in 2014 as a way of letting out literary steam. With a background in farming and farmer’s markets, this became another field to plants seeds in (and occasionally another soapbox to stand on). It started out focusing on farmers and the American Dream, two important elements of the American culture, but then it began to grow.
In 2017 we launched The Intellectual Agrarian Podcast and subsequent Youtube channel, where we educate on more farm related topics and share the stories of other great farmers.
The American Dream
When I work at the Farmer’s Market, and practically anywhere else, my reply to “How are you doing?” Has been, “Living the American Dream!” Along with this answer, comes questions like: “What’s that?” “Really?” “Isn’t that a nightmare?”
When I say “The American Dream.” I mean the same dream that the Pilgrims had when they first travel across the ocean in uncertainty, the dream that the founders of our great nation had: The dream of “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
The rough definition I give is this: The American dream is the ideal that any man, depending on the hard work he puts into his opportunities life, can find his place of contentment on the social ladder.
This may not be the most accurate, but it’s the best one I have at the moment. You may be sure that it can slightly change in wording as time goes along.
For a exposition of my thoughts on The American Dream, take a look at our Pillars of the Dream series:
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