Colorado Woman Quits Desk Job To Become Farmer

“Working as an international conservationist, Kellie Pettyjohn routinely found herself daydreaming.

Not about garbage patches of plastic debris floating in oceans or the number of animal species threatened by deforestation, but instead, of farming.

‘After working in a cubicle and writing reports, my soul was dying,’ she said.

Originally from Virginia, Pettyjohn studied journalism, anthropology and geography in college. She didn’t have any type of agricultural background before dropping her dream job for greener pastures in Montezuma County. In 2010, she moved to Mancos to volunteer on a working farm.

‘I never left,’ she said.

The next year, Pettyjohn secured a lease to turn a nearby barren pasture into her own field of dreams. Owner and operator of The Wily Carrot Farm, an organic certified naturally grown garden, she purchased the 2-acre property earlier this year.

‘I thought it would be better to be poor, dirty and happy playing in the soil, she said.’…”

Photo: Kellie Pettyjohn via The Cortez Journal

5 Responses to Colorado Woman Quits Desk Job To Become Farmer

  1. Thanks for sharing this great article. I really like the quotes and am inspired by individuals willing to give up the rat race in the name of happiness. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Here is an interesting sort of study, on the value of Urban Agriculture…had no idea such a study existed…

    Jan 26, 2015

    Understanding urban agriculture

    Food production is not just a rural activity – large amounts of crops are grown in urban or peri-urban (city outskirt) environments. But measuring the extent of these croplands is a challenge.

    Thanks to new global land-use and socioeconomic data sets, researchers have produced the first ever spatially explicit assessment of the current extent of urban and peri-urban croplands using a consistent methodology.

    There are 456 million hectares – an area about the size of the European Union – under cultivation in and around the world's cities, the team found.

    The group, from the University of California, Berkeley, US, the International Water Management Institute, Sri Lanka, and Stanford University, US, used spatial overlay analysis to define urban and peri-urban agriculture based on the spatial coincidence of urban extents (with populations exceeding 50,000) and areas of crop cultivation.

    The study, which is published in Environmental Research Letters (ERL), also documents the type of water these urban croplands consume.

  3. Anonymous says:

    more along the lines of above comment…

    Jul 30, 2014

    City-grown vegetables could feed urban dwellers

    In a number of cities around the world, residents have transformed previously derelict sites, ignored corners and over-grown verges into green and productive vegetable plots. For example, in York, UK, an "edible map" reveals that there is garlic mustard and horseradish growing in abundance alongside the river, and plums will be available on a tree in a street in Osbaldwick by August.

    But how much difference can urban agriculture make? And if every city followed York's example, how many people could be fed? A new study in Environmental Research Letters (ERL) provides some answers.

    Edible Map

    Edible York is a lively local Charity supporting the people of York to become closer to the food they eat.

    We manage lots of city centre growing spaces, help schools to grow, plant lots of edible trees with communities across York, and support communities to develop their own edible gardens. We are entirely volunteer led and work in partnership with many local organisations and people

  4. Anonymous says:

    Women Farmers – Stepping Up to Sustain the Land

    Center for Land-Based Learning

    The Center for Land-Based Learning is dedicated to creating the next generation of farmers and teaching California’s youth about the importance of agriculture and natural resource conservation.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The Color of Food: These Sisters are Building a Second Career as Farmers

    Sisters Carol Jackson and Joyce Bowman work on My Sister's Farm even as they deal with complicated property laws.

    trying to revitalize their family land by growing food organically. This area where they grow has changed over the decades and now faces the challenges of land degradation, climate change, and heir property laws. This pair of women teaches us that ferocity knows no limitations; sometimes all you need is a sister by your side

    They call their farm My Sister’s Farm because both are too modest to take credit for the idea and each jokingly blames the other for getting them into it in the first place. They started more than ten years ago, slowly, first to keep busy and active in retirement and then to sell their excess harvest as production grew.

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