Farmer-to-Farmer

Farmer-To-Farmer: Achieving Food Independence

Shea Belahi will not be held down by a corporate glass ceiling. In fact, she won't be held down by any ceiling: her office is the open sky. She is fiercely independent and, at age 30, she's her own boss—running her own farm.

"I didn't know what to do with my life. I liked gardening a lot," she says.

Shea now grows heirloom produce on a 1-acre plot in Illinois. Her vegetables, berries, melon and asparagus all started as open-pollinated seeds, meaning they rely on natural pollination from insects or the wind.

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