22 March 2011

NYT: A New Generation of Farmers

This New York Times article is very interesting to read because it explains how the USA landscape is changing with more younger Americans becoming involved in starting their own sustainable farms. More independent farmers are motivated in using old farming techniques to grow their own organic vegetables and raise grass-fed meats. Read the NYT article and view the slide show below to learn why more Americans are interested in sustainable agriculture.

Tyler and Alicia Jones on their farm in Corvallis, Ore.

Published: March 5, 2011

CORVALLIS, Ore. — For years, Tyler Jones, a livestock farmer here, avoided telling his grandfather how disillusioned he had become with industrial farming.

After all, his grandfather had worked closely with Earl L. Butz, the former federal secretary of agriculture who was known for saying, “Get big or get out.”

But several weeks before his grandfather died, Mr. Jones broached the subject. His grandfather surprised him. “You have to fix what Earl and I messed up,” Mr. Jones said his grandfather told him.

Now, Mr. Jones, 30, and his wife, Alicia, 27, are among an emerging group of people in their 20s and 30s who have chosen farming as a career. Many shun industrial, mechanized farming and list punk rock, Karl Marx and the food journalist Michael Pollan as their influences. The Joneses say they and their peers are succeeding because of Oregon’s farmer-foodie culture, which demands grass-fed and pasture-raised meats....

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New York Times In New Food Culture: A Young Generation of Farmers Emerges


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  1. I totally agree! I have chosen to work to live.

    I see many Americans are paying to live. With many hours of working and endless paychecks, we can afford fast food, coffee from Starbucks, we shop at JCPenny, and driving around in cars.

    When I say, work to live. I mean, work in the garden, walk to work, and build your own house.

    When asked “What thing about humanity surprises you the most?”, the Dalai Lama answered:

    “Man…. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

  2. Agreed!!!.... most of us "live to work". We revolve our lives around work. That's a tough mentality to get out of.... when we're in the rat race it's hard to climb out and see-- what's the point- why is everyone running in one direction over there while it's just bliss to go over there and lay by the creek. I need to do this myself ;)