Monoculture, monopoly, cheap food and poor diets - these are the consequences of an agricultural system gone awry, driven by policy and corporate control. Here we are, unhealthy.
Reorienting our food system is a project worth tackling, and these young farmers have chosen to become a part of the solution, addressing the crisis they see by learning the skills needed, and starting the kinds of businesses that, one by one, can replace complicated, entrenched systems.
Today's young farmers are dynamic entrepreneurs, stewards of place. They are involved in local politics, partnering with others, inventing new social institutions, working with mentors, starting their careers as apprentices, borrowing money from the bank, putting in long hours, taking risks, innovating, and experimenting. Farming with horses, with hacked tractors, with forgotten urban lots and Appalachian coal country. These young farmers have vision: a prosperous, satisfying, sustainable food system. It is ambitious, it will take work, but it won't be boring.