News Articles on Young Farmers and Beginning Farmers

Young Farmer PictureRookie Farmers Get the Dirt on How to Make It Work: Getting Schooled on How to Sprout a Farm Business

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…

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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’

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