the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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man writes the NYT advice column in a panic that his son want might volunteer on an organic farm

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This one here is a good laugh for all of us who may or may not be the black sheep of the family. (My grandma clipped the above cartoon out of the New Yorker and promptly sent it to me without any card when I started farming six years ago. I like to think she was smiling about it, but it’s hard to tell.)

Some man wrote the New York Times “Social Q” column last week, explaining that he is “not paying $60,000 a year (after taxes) for him to become a farmer.” And, for once in a blue moon, the NYT writer abstained from millenial-bashing to explain that the parent might consider seeking out “less controlling ways to teach him the consequences of his professional choices.” Read the full clip below the break, and maybe consider that abysmal attitudes like this are best countered with a donation to your friendly local farm advocacy organization. We still need all the help we can get! Continue reading


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thanks, huffington post!

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This week from the Huffington Post: Millenial Farmers Fight an Uphill Battle. It’s Time to Support Them.

Probably nothing in the article is going to be groundbreaking for the greenhorns audience, but it’s always nice to feel validated… and, possibly, to email the source of that validation to you parents.

 

Plus there are some great quotes from the farmers in the article that I think will resonate with all you young farmers out there.

“We know it’s work and an uphill battle, but for some reason, we still want to do it.”

-Mike and Molly Peterson of Heritage Hollow Farms in Sperryville, VA

 


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farming as a public service press update

Op-Ed: Is farming a public service?

Vertical_professions_FIPSBy LIZ CARLISLE (published in the LA Times July 9, 2015)

A bill recently introduced in Congress, the Young Farmer Success Act, would make farmers eligible for federally subsidized student loan forgiveness — just as teachers and nurses are now — on the grounds that agriculture is a public service. But is it? Continue reading


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young farmers in the news

“Greenhorns”: California couple learns farm life running local CSA farm
By Polly Keary, Editor

Andrew Ide, 27, has a degree in philosophy and theology. His wife Micha, 29, has a degree in anthropology and part of another in interior design. Both have experience in the California corporate world.

None of that knowledge is doing them any good now.

The chickens are out.

Read the rest of the article here.


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not farmland without farmers

Keep Farmland for Farmers
By LINDSEY LUSHER SHUTE and BENJAMIN SHUTE

CLERMONT, N.Y. — WHEN we went looking in upstate New York for a home for our farm, we feared competition from deep-pocketed developers, a new subdivision or a big-box store. These turned out to be the least of our problems.

Though the farms best suited for our vegetables were protected from development by conservation easements, we discovered that we couldn’t compete, because conserved farmland is open to all buyers — millionaires included.

Easements are intended to protect farmland, water, animal habitat, historic sites and scenic views, and so they are successful in keeping farms from becoming malls and subdivisions. But they don’t stop Wall Street bankers from turning them into private getaways, with price tags to match.

Read the rest here.