America’s increasing demand for organic and sustainably grown grains coincides with a shortage of young farmers
HUDSON, NY — The National Young Farmers Coalition and King Arthur Flour present a new blog and film series profiling three pioneering young grain farmers. While all farmers face challenges, the high start-up costs associated with grain farming can make it an especially difficult field to enter for new and young farmers. With a focus on small-scale and sustainable grain producers, the series chronicles the journey of three innovative farmers who are cutting their own paths in American agriculture.
Western farmers grow 85% of all winter produce in the U.S, but lack of access to affordable water is making it increasingly difficult for young farmers to succeed
DURANGO, CO —A new short film, Conservation Generation, offers a look into the lives of four young farmers and ranchers in the arid West who are contending with the impacts of historic drought, climate change, and increased competition for water. Despite the challenges they face, the farmers are each committed to their communities and to finding innovative solutions to water shortages.
We believe cooperation beats competition, any day. From barn raisings to crop mobs, having each other’s back is the basis of a strong farming community. Leslie Touzeau of the Missouri Young Farmers Coalition says it best, “Farming is hard…if we’re going to be successful, we have to learn to work together. “ WATCH our short […]
We wrote a few weeks ago about NYFC’s report on how current farmland conservation practices are failing working farmers. The report was based on a survey of over 200 land trusts on how they work with beginning farmers. What we saw was land going fallow as non-farmers push prices up to astronomical levels and farmers […]
Our friends Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette of Growing Cities are premiering their film, three years in the making, at the Portland Film Festival this Sunday, September 1st (8pm) at The Fields Park, NW 10th and Overton. We first covered their process filming the urban agriculture revolution last April on the blog, and have excitedly anticipated […]
I’m from farm country. Well, sort of. I grew up outside of Omaha, Nebraska in a little town called Elkhorn. We had a big yellow house with two towering maples out front, an old barn, and a couple acres of land. Don’t get me wrong, we weren’t farmers—although my parents showed me at a very […]