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American Neo-Gothic: Meet the Newest Crop of Farmers

Young farmers are knee deep in local agriculture and despite the huge challenges of making a living farming, they're thrilled with their calling.

In a time of deep economic uncertainty and concerns with our food system, interest is gaining around one of the oldest and most noble vocations. From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Philomath, Oregon, these 21 young farmers are knee deep in local agriculture and despite the tremendous challenges of making a living farming, they're thrilled with their calling. Meet the newest crop of American farmers.

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Beginning Farmers Are Using New Media to Advocate for an Old Vocation

Two nonprofits are helping young farmers share the challenges and rewards of working the land in the 21st century.

America’s farmers are poised to start retiring in large numbers. In the next five years, something like 125,000 farmers will retire, says Lindsey Lusher Shute, Executive Director of the National Young Farmers Coalition, a nonprofit group that’s working to attract and engage the 100,000 new farmers that the Department of Agriculture says the U.S. needs to make up for the losses.

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