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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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GOOD Ideas for Cities: Making Local Farmers More Profitable

Many farmers are reporting that they are making less money than ever. How changing the way we buy local produce can ensure their profitability.

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Even as more attention is being paid to bringing farm fresh produce to urban areas, many rural farmers are reporting shrinking profits. How can we ensure the success of these small businesses that are so valuable to a region's health and well being? As part of GOOD Ideas for Cities Portland, Sincerely Interested presented their ideas for how to help small, local farmers become more profitable. Starting with a campaign that brings visuals from farm life into the city, the team proposed some non-traditional ways for the public to engage with buying local produce, from night markets (complete with beer gardens, of course), to artist-farmer collaborations in greenhouses that pop up on city streets.

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There Are 2.7 Million Jobs in the Clean Economy

That’s more jobs than the fossil fuel industry has. And an unusually high portion of green jobs — almost half — go to workers without college degrees.



It’s hard to know how much of a good thing you’ve got when everyone has their own idea about how to measure it. That’s been the problem with quantifying green jobs: we know we want them, we know they’re out there, but with cities and states and regional groups and businesses all tallying their green workers according to different rules, we haven’t gotten a clear picture of the nation’s clean economy and how it has grown.

A new report from the Brookings Institution clarifies the issue. According to the report, there are 2.7 million jobs in the country’s clean economy. That’s more jobs than the fossil fuel industry offers. And the picture of green job growth from 2003 to 2010 looks like this:

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Know Your Flour, Know Your Food

Why you should care who makes your flour, and how. It's no secret how much we Americans love our sugary foods, and our flour is...

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