Farms are Hoping for Youth Movement

More young adults are looking to start their own farms to get out of the rat race.

A generation raised in the digital age and more removed from the farmlands that once heavily populated America is now finding its way back to becoming successful farmers.

Taking advantage of opportunities for small local farmers to create a business structure with neighboring communities, young Americans are going back to the soil to build lives outside of urban settings and with no visible sign of decreasing demand.

In states with vast amounts of farmland available, such as in the Upper Northeast of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire, or in the Midwestern farmland states, Americans under the age of 40 are actively establishing business relationships with local grocers to produce produce.

In November 2014, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the National Future Farmers of America that the average age of farmers in this country is 58.

“It means we have to do a better job of continuing to attract and retain people into this extraordinary calling,’’ Vilsack said. “And it’s going to be important and necessary for the next generation to take up the challenge. To continue to grow, to continue to expand access to foods all over the United States and throughout the world.”

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