Apparently, this photo of Michael Irving is the shot seen around the world. After appearing in Edible Portland, Mike was the poster boy (literally) for the "Grow a Farmer" Campaign for the UCSC Farm. There, Mike had been both an apprentice and a Second-Year, selected to help mentor the next class of apprentices).
A couple of weeks ago, I got a note from a young lady named Eve, who works for The Huffington Post, asking me if I would submit some photos of cute or handsome or pretty farmers. I sent her a bunch, and she used a couple in this Huffington Post slideshow in which you can vote for the Hottest/Cutest organic farmer. Mike's currently running in third place, but Michelle Obama has an unfair advantage, I think.
Other friends who appear in the slideshow are Daniel Paduano (Abounding Harvest Mountain Farm) and Rebecca Thistlethwaite and Jim Dunlop (TLC Ranch). I agree that Annie Novak, currently #2, is quite beautiful, but I don't think rooftop gardening is farming—the scope of the work simply cannot compare.
The thought that originated "I Heart Farms" was this: I wanted anyone who saw my work to ask themselves, "Where's my pretty little farm? Where's my pretty little farmer?" (You get the point.)
No wonder these young people are my heroes. Anyone who farms with this level of care and commitment is beautiful to me. You?
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Do you know what a farm is? 'Cause I just found out…and WOW. They're amazing. Turns out that if you put a seed in the ground, and then with some time, water, and a little love, eventually it grows up to be a corndog. Well, our nation's farms need your help. To donate $5, text FARMER to 90999 on your cell phone. If you won't do it for the farmers, do it for our Jolly Ranchers." —Stephen Colbert, for Farm Aid
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