Here’s How a Farmer Goes Viral

For a while this winter, Jay Lavery was the most famous farmer in the world. He made a video of himself dancing in the barn of his NY farm and it ended up being viewed by more than 10 million people. Going viral meant flying to LA for an interview on Ellen. and being besieged by requests to buy his farm’s products. So where is Jay now? And what has going viral done to/for him? Along with the rest of the world, I called to interview Jay and got a story about a round-about path to farming and an inspirational story about being who you are, and doing what you love. He asked us to share his story, so that others will look at their own challenges and get some hope from his example. Born and raised in Albany, New York, Jay realized he was different in his senior year in high school. He was gay, and growing up in a conservative Catholic family in the 60s and 70s, that meant that he was considered a pervert and could even end up in jail. Jay really believed in praying, and would pray every day, "What am I supposed to do? What does this mean?" He had fallen in love with one of his friends who was straight and was heartbroken for something that he didn't even understand, because he had no idea what homosexuality was and didn’t even understand heartbreak at that time. In his confusion and pain he attempted suicide twice. After his second attempted suicide, a doctor came into Jay’s hospital room. When the doctor spoke to Jay, he said somethi

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