Concerns of Young Farmers

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Young Farmers Share Their Biggest Concerns in a New Survey from the NYFC

With the average age of the American farmer rising almost to the retirement age, it’s clear that the country needs more young farmers to continue the agricultural tradition. And, you know, feed us.

The National Young Farmers Coalition conducted a survey—its second ever—of more than 3,500 farmers under the age of 40, asking about their economic situations and daily struggles, trying to get a sense of the overall picture of young farmers in the US. This is the future of food in America, and there are major obstacles in its way.

The NYFC represents thousands of young farmers; its general positions are to promote independent farms, sustainable practices, diversity in the industry, fair labor, and other basically unassailable values. The demographic picture of the survey is interesting: 60 percent are women, 69 percent have degrees beyond high school, 75 percent didn’t grow up in a farm family, and 75 percent describe their farms as “sustainable.” (63 percent described their farms as “organic,” though due to the cost, many have not been certified as such by the USDA.)

Their concerns are fairly consistent. Access to land remains a huge obstacle, partly due to the difficulties in securing loans. Twenty-nine percent called student loan debt a significant problem; for a tenth of the farmers surveyed, it was the biggest obstacle to success. Access to skilled labor is a major issue. Continue reading at Modern Farmer

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I’m not so sure about Resolutions…

Aloha FarmLovers!

Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but for me New Years’ Resolutions seems to fade away before February! So this year, I am simply going to reinforce current good habits… and maybe expand them a bit. Instead of just making sure I support local growers by voting with my dollars for the food I put on my table, I am going to invite over more friends to share that food with them! Maybe tell them where it came from, who grew it, what their hopes are for their farm. I think I can get behind that! How about you- do you have a foodie resolution, or non-resolution this year?

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All the best to you and yours!

Aloha FarmLovers!

Wishing you all joy-filled holidays this season! May each moment resonate with the love that surrounds us all!

All markets are open this week… so share your market love with your friends and family. Go on a photo spree and tempt your freezing relatives to search for the next flight out to pay you a visit! Grab something new to you at the market and figure out how to cook it! Introduce yourself to a farmer and thank them for the food on your table. Learn a fun fact about Hawai‘i agriculture! And… have a fabulous week!

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