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Gen Y, the Farmers?

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When it’s tough to find a job or you’re limited to part time employment, plus up to your eyeballs in student loan debt, it would seem logical that you don”t have much of a choice but to grow your own food and hope you can turn a profit selling to the locovores.

Now, Mr. Jones, 30, and his wife, Alicia, 27, are among an emerging group of people in their 20s and 30s who have chosen farming as a career.

People want to connect more than they can at their grocery store,” Ms. Jones said. “We had a couple who came down from Portland and asked if they could collect their own eggs. We said, ‘O.K., sure.’ They want to trust their producer, because there’s so little trust in food these days.”

Garry Stephenson, coordinator of the Small Farms Program at Oregon State University, said he had not seen so much interest among young people in decades. “It’s kind of exciting,” Mr. Stephenson said. “They’re young, they’re energetic and idealist, and they’re willing to make the sacrifices.”

I’m a little biased because I have a background in genetic engineering and I grow many of my own fruits and veggies, but even though it’s sad that younger generations can’t find adequate full time employment, it’s a positive sign that some are taking the initiative by creating multiple income streams or perhaps even making a living as a farmer.

When given lemons… make lemonade… so they say.

New York Times
In New Food Culture, a Young Generation of Farmers Emerges

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Posted by CJ   @   7 March 2011 2 comments
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Mar 8, 2011
3:22 pm

This is so cool! I actually come from a long family line of farming. I’ve dreamed about owning a farm someday, possibly even owning a cattle ranch of some sort. It’s so true about little faith in the grocery store food. Another great reason I try to buy organic as much as possible. I’m 23 and proud to say that I care about the types of foods that go into my body.

Mar 8, 2011
3:39 pm
#2 Matt SF :

I hear ya Jon. My family owns a medium sized farm, and it used to supply a small to medium amount of our family’s food from the 1950s to 1990s.

The “knowledge gap” the article mentions is quite obvious in my family, as once my grandfather passed away, much of the knowledge and interest in maintaining it went with him. Now that food inflation is upon us and my interests are rekindled, I’ve found that it’s quite rewarding in higher food quality as well as financial savings.

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