Son of a Farmer

“Everything is connected. That bond is what keeps this Planet dancing round in poetic choreography. That connection is what keeps us all alive. What we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves. If we are capable of destruction, we are most certainly capable of healing. ” – Eric Herm

Eric Herm, (organic farmer, author, activist and musician) translates modern day agriculture and life through various mediums and venues in his own unique West Texas manner. With plow, pen, guitar and sarcastic wit, Herm plunges forward into a world of tumbleweeds, sandstorms, droughts, GMOs, and rural existence.

Thoughts Upon Return from The Big Apple

Image by Anna Brix Thompson

Image by Anna Brix Thompson

Coming back from my whirlwind trip in New York City, I had a couple of days to rest, relax and regain some perspective on this food movement, as well as the relationships I continue to build along the way.

It’s amazing how fast this is spreading. For years I was frustrated as it seemed  most Americans didn’t or would never care about our food, what has happened and continues to happen to our food and seed supply. But I sense that more and more people are tapping into this awareness on many levels – not only the GMO issue but food in general and how intertwined the health of our body is to the health of the food we eat.

Each trip, each event, I come in contact with so many people who are doing some incredible things in this life. Whether activists, artists, farmers, community organizers, or groups and individuals rethinking and restructuring business models to work in harmony with their own environment, I tend to find many courageous leaders and revolutionaries. It is inspiring.

Was blessed to do an interview with Sean Kaminsky, who is the director/producer of an upcoming documentary called Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds. We had a wonderful conversation in Prospect Park and talked extensively about the importance of a healthy natural seed supply.

Also did an in-depth interview with journalist Helen Zuman of Brooklyn. It was hands-down the most intelligent questions anyone has ever asked me about agriculture/nature/life in general. One carefully constructed and well-thought out question after another, Helen dug deeper into the subject. A talented and deep being, I look forward to reading more of her writing.

The interview on the Leonard Lopate Show went well. It was my second time on Leonard’s show and have really enjoyed discussing topics with him and the folks at WNYC.

A big shout out to Don, Marco and all the cool people with At Home in Brooklyn. It is a beautiful B&B located right on Prospect Park in the Park Slope area.

Also thanks to Theodore with Dreamriver Press for putting on a cool book launch party for me in the West Village. We had a strong turnout and met many incredible people.

I’m glad to be back home now, where we have actual “winter-like” weather for the first time. Temperatures dipped down into the 20s last night, but they are expected to stay there only a couple of days before going back up into the 60s again. Crazy weather.

So, I go back to farmer things: building fence, working on tractors and preparing for next year’s crop. But every time I visit the concrete jungle, I always come back with a slightly altered perspective juiced with a little more inspiration.