To me, it’s not what’s been done, it’s who I’ve reached across the aisle to shake hands with.Read More
To see the young people - my sons, some of my students (including Spencer Fuentes, Mark Lovejoy, Andrew Albert) - come up into agriculture, a tough industry, warms the heart and gives hope for the future.
I have been striving to farm the land in a sustainable manner, such as using cover crops on our fields. I'd like to think the land is as good if not better than when I started farming it in 2004.Read More
What's your connection to the land?
As a farmer, I'm given the opportunity to be a steward. It is a privilege to make a living off the land, and a responsibility to take care of it for those who come after. We don't really own it. Having one's name on a farm gives us the opportunity to make choices, good choices, for now and for future generations.
What actions have you taken as a steward that you're most proud of and/or that you feel have made the biggest difference?
Serving on the Snohomish Conservation District Board of Supervisors and now serving as the president of the WA Association of Conservation Districts gives me the opportunity to meet and talk with decision-makers to get more funding for ALL Washington conservation districts - to help make a difference for the future statewide.
What’s your hope for the next 75 years? And/or what advice do you have for those next 75 years?
My hope is that we can get the funding we need to get done the work that needs to be done. We're not getting enough funding fast enough to save or restore lands we need to, whether agriculture, habitat, or forestry lands. Our natural resources are so important in this state. If we don't restore and protect them NOW, we won't have them in 75 years. My advice is to work better together and listen to each other, to find our common goals and compromise more quickly. Now things are moving in a more positive direction. There is better collaboration and I see better partnerships now than I have in the past.
Who are you?
- Name: Mark Craven
- Where is home? Snohomish - Craven Farm
It's kinda cool to be on a farm that has been farmed for 140 years. I would like to know, for instance, who planted the English walnut in the yard that produces 1000 pounds of walnuts for us every year.Read More
I hope that the rising generation and the upcoming ones, learn from our current and past generations and develop a better sense of appreciation and caring for the environment we live in to the point where the connection to the land/nature becomes a way of living and not just a view.Read More