Cultivating New Farmers

New organic programs are teaching young people the skills they need to make a living on the farm and thus, cultivating the next generation of farmers.

With a growing demand for local and organic food, there are numerous opportunities for new farmers.
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Milking a Cow
Students with an interest in organic farming have many new options to consider, as colleges and universities begin to offer more programs in this field of study.
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Tilling Farmland
What better way to learn whether you like farming than by taking a job on a farm?
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Farmers Market
The rapid growth of farmers markets is an exciting opportunity for would-be market gardeners. Looking for farmers markets in your area? Visit
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As a generation of farmers retires, many programs are working to recruit and educate young people.
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New Farmers
Tabitha Alterman, former apprentice, with Bob and Beryl Foerster, who grow organic coffee at Dragon's Lair Kona Coffee Farm in Hawaii. Read about her WWOOFing (Worlwide Opportunities on Organic Farms) experience in "Learning to Farm on the Side of a Volcano."
Barn Gear
If you're ready to learn how to farm, many resources can help, from academic programs to apprenticeship and internship opportunities.
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