From Facebook to Placebook
Social media has its roots in the urban landscape of hip and hype, blackberries and asphalt. Our farm's roots sink into a sandy loam more than a six hour drive from any major metropolis -- whether Omaha to the South, Denver to the West, Minneapolis to the East, or some Canadian city to the North I would assume. (They have cities in Canada right?)
Yet, rural isolation no longer means disconnection from the human world. Check out this article on farming in the age of Social Media:
Facebook is a great medium for connecting to our farm. There will be more daily updates, more opportunities to comment and share your experiences. This month, we are uploading a photo a day from the farm accompanied by a quotation from Wendell Berry, the poet and sage of the small farm.
How can Facebook become more useful in making connections between farmers and eaters? Connections between farmers and other farmers? People and the ecosystems that sustain them?
James Farrell, a professor of Environmental Studies at St. Olaf College, offers ruminations on a new sort of Facebook, ideas from a chapter in his book the Nature of College that Farrell co-wrote with Mark Werner, farmer at Muddy Pumpkin Farms. Check out more details on the book on the Milkweed Press website.
And let us know. What information should we tell you about our daily farming life? What type of social media would put a Face on our Food? Can we tweet the Farm to your Table?
I don't think the answer is FarmVille.
But maybe the answer will look something like MyFarm: