Young east-coasters are making farming cool again

For the past three decades the average age of a US farmer has been rising and now is about 60. For generations farming was looked at as “uncool” but now 20-and-30-somethings are rethinking this old stigmatism, and trading laptops for corn crops. In Maine, young east coasters are taking up land in droves, farmers under the age of 35 has risen 40 percent in recent years, nationally that number is about 1.5 percent. These kids are college educated and find the value in sewing close ties with the earth and nature. Also demand for local food is rising, and counter intuitively many are finding farming to be quite lucrative.

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Young east-coasters are making farming cool again

For the past three decades the average age of a US farmer has been rising and now is about 60. For generations farming was looked at as “uncool” but now 20-and-30-somethings are rethinking this old stigmatism, and trading laptops for corn crops. In Maine, young east coasters are taking up land in droves, farmers under the age of 35 has risen 40 percent in recent years, nationally that number is about 1.5 percent. These kids are college educated and find the value in sewing close ties with the earth and nature. Also demand for local food is rising, and counter intuitively many are finding farming to be quite lucrative.

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