Indiana farm, red barn, windmillBy Mariamne Beuscher, communications intern

Journalist Sarah van Gelder spent some time traveling 12,000 miles across America searching for solutions to challenges such as climate change, social injustice and economic insecurity. Along her journey, van Gelder came across many struggling rural towns filled with abandoned warehouses, boarded up businesses and dilapidated homes and barns covered by tarps.

In an article for Yes! magazine Van Gelder described communities that use small-scale farming to bring in revenue. Although the days are long and the work is tiresome, small-scale farming puts more money into the hands that provide the product and produces better soil. Van Gelder believes the restoration of small town farming provides ways of life that can offer sustenance to families and revitalize rural America.

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