Nonpassive Farmers & Eaters – Francis Thicke & Dave Chapman


Before he became the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson envisioned a country of ‘citizen farmers’ who would be engaged in government. Jefferson would have been pleased with citizens like Iowa farmer Francis Thicke and Vermont farmer Dave Chapman who climb off their tractors to Zoom with the Secretary of Agriculture about needed policy infrastructure repairs to the USDA Organic program. A thousand farmer have already joined with them to give consumers assurance of Real Organic production practices and to rescue the reputation and trust in Certified Organic. It’s wrong when farmers are passive about what they grow and it’s wrong when consumers are passive about what they eat. Jefferson could see farmers and eaters  saying “we the people are going to do it on our own.”

Author: @rodger

Rodger Wasson - Raised on family's farm in Central Illinois, after graduating from Illinois State University, Rodger has worked for and with farmers nation-wide and globally who produce beef, almonds, lamb, potatoes, pork, pistachios, strawberries, wool and tomatoes.

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