Minggu, 24 Oktober 2010

Where is tomorrow's farmers?

- Farmers Market, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington If you pay a visit to the local market for farmers, plus lots of good fresh food, locally produced, is likely to see something different: a lot of gray hair. The latest figures we have, which are from the census of 2007, say the average farm operator is important in the U.S. 57.1 years of age. And that number is steadily increasing from year to year. Why? In short, today's farmers are aging faster than younger ones, for example,As in the field. In fact, in just five years from 2000 to 2007 the number of clients, operators of more than 75 twenty percent, while the number of under 25 - even small reduced by 30 percent. Overall, the number of farmers 55 and up increased significantly, while the number dropped significantly lower than 55th Obviously this is not a trend that may even further: If tomorrow we have the farmers want to produce our food, we must find ways ofmore young people into the profession today. San Juan Island in Puget Sound about 75 miles northwest of Seattle, is a relatively affluent, mostly rural community, the problems of finding some solutions and hope. The long-term residents may be aware that the same people, fresh food produced locally 20 or 30 years ago today, right there in the labor market. Take, for example, Jim Lawrence, owns and operates Thirsty Goose Farm. [... Jim L. describes how he got his...

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