America's new farmers
Young, energetic and idealistic, and sick of big industrial, mechanized farming, an emerging group of people in their 20's and 30's are choosing farming as a career.
They are succeeding as the general public learns more and more about our toxic food supply and the need to eat whole, real, truly healthy, humanely raised and organic foods.
A March 5th New York Times article explained:
Though the number of young farmers is increasing, the average age of farmers nationwide continues to creep toward 60, according to the 2007 Census of Agriculture. That census, administered by the Department of Agriculture, found that farmers over 55 own more than half of the country’s farmland.
In response, the 2008 Farm Bill included a program for new farmers and ranchers. Last year, the department distributed $18 million to educate young growers across the country.
Please take time to watch what this intelligent, creative, important, young farmer has to say about choosing farming for a career. She gives us a great deal of inspiration and hope.