Lo and behold... There were farmers in flannel shirts and coveralls on the front page of The New York Times Sunday Styles section yesterday. Turns out there's a crop (yep) of young city dwellers leaving their jobs and apartments to start small farms.
The article, "Leaving Behind The Trucker Hat," notes that most of these entrepreneurs in their 20s and 30s are driven by a concern about the quality and source of their food, plus a desire to contribute to local farming firsthand rather than simply choose the organic goat cheese at the grocery.
We were encouraged by the idea that starting these small farms today isn't as big of a financial risk as it once was, as farmers' markets and CSA's grow in popularity. And as the public begins demanding more local food, more college graduates may see farming as a viable, modern profession. We say the more, the merrier.
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- Blogging Domino: Eating Locally
- How to Find Local Meat
- How to Start a CSA
- Choosing a CSA
(Photo: Chris Ramirez for The New York Times)