As part of our Questions for a Resilient Future series, we are  soliciting 1000-word essays, photo essays, and poetry that responds to the question: What does it mean to be a farmer in the 21st century?

If your work connects food and people with the living systems that  sustain us, we want to know what you think. Why and how is farming meaningful to you? How do you see the roles and responsibilities of  farmers at this time? What can we draw upon from the history of farming as we shape new and renewed pathways ahead?

We recognize that many farming practices are degenerative—harmful to soil, water, and diverse forms of life, including humans. However, we  also know that there are important examples of regenerative farming  practices, life-enhancing practices that need to take root on a wider  scale. The Center for Humans and Nature seeks to share those ideas and stories here.

Accepted responses will be published on the website of the Center for Humans and Nature, as part of Questions for a Resilient Future. The Center’s goal with each question is to offer our readers many entry  points to consider the questions and ideas at hand. Additionally, the Center offers a space for the reader to join to the discussion, reflecting on what they have read and contributing to evolving ideas.

Please submit your response to the question by July 1, 2019. If your piece is accepted for publication, we are able to offer an honorarium.

Thank you for considering this important question with us.