Forrest Pritchard is a seventh generation farmer, holding degrees in English and Geology from the College of William & Mary. Upon returning from college to his family’s farm in the mid 90s, he pursued a career in conventional agriculture ⎯⎯primarily growing GMO corn and soybeans⎯⎯ hoping to make his family farm profitable for the first time in decades. On harvest day, when five tractor-trailer loads of grain reaped a meager paycheck of $18.16, he realized the farm must radically change course. The following season, he devoted himself to farming organically and sustainably, raising free-range cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and chickens.
Twenty years later, his farm Smith Meadows is one of the oldest “grass finished” farms in the country, and sells at leading farmers’ markets in Washington DC. Chronicling his farming adventures, Forrest’s book Gaining Ground, A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm was named a Top Read by Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post and NPR’s The Splendid Table.
Forrest’s new book, Growing Tomorrow, goes behind the scenes with 18 extraordinary sustainable farmers from across the country, an inspiring farm-to-table journey in photos and recipes. Debuting September 8, you can preorder the book HERE.