By Nancy Matsumoto, Wall Street Journal
At a two-day conference last week in New York’s Hudson Valley, Tyler Dennis was among the 250 attendees picking up pointers on how to make a living from the land.
The agenda covered agricultural practices ranging from soil science, crop rotation and open-source tool sharing to rabbit husbandry and “farming with empathy.” A whole-pig butchering demonstration and lavish farm-to-table meals offered ample proof of concept at the event, which took place at Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, N.Y.
The goal is to help young newcomers such as Mr. Dennis, 25 years old and a recent Cornell University graduate, to sprout a farm business.
Mr. Dennis hadn’t attended college with a vision of weather watching and dirty fingernails; he had majored in film…
Read the full article at: http://www.wsj.com/articles/rookie-farmers-get-the-dirt-on-how-to-make-it-work-1418004362
Also check out these articles about young and beginning farmers:
Journal News: Young Farmers: the New Face of the Local Food Movement
Innovation Trail: Teaching Sustainable Business to Young Farmers
Huffington Post: Where Agriculture and Climate Change Meet
New York Times, Dot Earth: On Smaller Farms, Including Organic Farms, Technology and Tradition Meet
New York Times: Satisfying the Need for Dirty Fingernails
National Public Radio: Who are the Young Farmers of ‘Generation Organic’