Boardwalk spoke with attendees of ACORN’s third annual Beginning Farmer Symposium on August 18, 2014. We wanted to know why people came to the symposium, where their interest in farming comes from, and what they hoped to learn at the event. Here’s an audio portrait of a sampling of Atlantic Canada’s new and aspiring organic farmers: They are overwhelmingly young people, although some are in their fifties and sixties and looking at a second career. Some grew up on farms, others have urban roots. They are highly motivated by values of self-sufficiency, social and ecological justice.

Stay tuned for more content from the Beginning Farmer Symposium on Boardwalk Radio!