Jonathan and Kaylyn Cobb steward land that has been farmed by Jonathan’s family for over 100 years. His great-grandfather first farmed the land as a sharecropper. When his father was a child, the farm was an integrated system of grain crop rotations and multi-species animals. As time went on, farmers were sold on the promises of industrial agriculture.
Our farm became like many other farms, using large equipment and many inputs to harvest monocultures of corn, cotton, wheat and sorghum. Jonathan and his siblings had all moved off the farm, obtained degrees, and worked other jobs. We moved back to the farm out of our desire to continue the family farm, but after five years realized something needed to change.