Kaymen, Samuel (speaker)
Samuel Kaymen's concluding address at NOFA's conference on tenth anniversary of the organization. (00:01:05) Two responsibilities for giving this talk: first, to be a mirror to express the optimism, hope, and positiveness he sees, and second, to express a collective picture of the future, an agriculture for tomorrow; how naive they were in 1971 in sending out leaflets that omitted marketing and economics and anything social; marketing has become critical, but people and community even more so. (00:04:20) Presently, with Monsanto entering organic agriculture and realization that the present system won't last much longer, might ask whether we need NOFA any more, but NOFA has a larger purpose than just creating biologically sound, sustainable basis for agriculture. (00:06:15) Goals for NOFA and reason for their existence is to share a vision of the future that is the discovery and creation of a new culture, new society, that goes beyond what kind of fertilizer we use to become a society that incorporates the collective vision of a diverse people based on the land and a proper relationship with the land. (00:08:15) Can envision a future in five to ten years where organic agriculture is institutionalized and even taught in universities;p but because of that, we need to create the agriculture of tomorrow involving the entire human community coming together to be what it needs to be. (00:11:37) An agriculture of tomorrow must include all the people and NOFA must have a membership of millions for all to become part of the soil community and to learn their usufruct rights and value the farmer's high calling (so like a priest) as a mediator between life and growth of earth. (00:15:30) Need to move beyond personal needs to tithe our personal energies in reaching out to others to include them in the community; when thinking of NOFA, he thinks of his own urban roots and need to involve everyone in agriculture, including not just the privileged who can farm now, but those less privileged in the cities and elsewhere. (00:17:42) Last challenge for an agriculture for tomorrow: access to land; people need access to land to be able to join the soil community.