Wed, 26 May 2021
Our guest today is a 5th generation farmer from Tennessee. Campbell Baker and his father are jointly raising cattle on land outside of Carthage, Tennessee, which has been in the family since the late 1800s. Where they are located is just about 50 miles to the east of Nashville. With all of the growth in and immigration to Tennessee and Nashville right now, Campbell sees many changes that he never expected.
As more and more beautiful farms are turned into subdivisions, Campbell has realized that when he takes over this farming enterprise, he will face challenges unlike any faced by his ancestors in the past. The growth, loss of farms, and diminishing open spaces can certainly be considered negative. However, Campbell chooses to put a positive spin on things.
Campbell and his father have recognized that the influx of people also means potential new markets and new customers for directly marketed beef. Therefore, they have been learning about new grazing techniques, new breeds of cattle, and how to market to folks in the city. They are prepping for the future and looking at how their farming operation can be sustainable through the future and possibly even more productive and profitable.
Campbell definitely has a passion for what he is doing. He understands all the different forages available on their farm, grazing techniques, and why a smaller breed of cattle might serve them better. He also is preparing to go to college to learn about agricultural business and marketing to put himself into a position to grow this operation in the future.