Not all hipsters are reading Jack Kerouac in red-brick-walled coffee shops in a gentrifying urban neighborhood. Some are opting instead to wake up at 5 a.m. to feed chickens and till the fields.
That’s right, young people interested in organic and local foods and conscious about the environment are favoring a career in farming.
While the average age of a farmer in the U.S. has been getting older for more than 30 years to the current 58.3 years old, reported Jennifer Mitchell of NPR, in some states where land is cheap, mostly in the Northeast, more young people are choosing a life on the land. The number of farmers younger than 35 has nudged up 1.5 percent, nationally.