[Video] Farming For Life, Part 1: Is Farming Right for You?



Have you ever considered a career in farming but weren’t completely sure it would be right for you? Or maybe you just didn’t know how to get started. Either way, this video is for you, as working Oregon farmers at differing stages of their careers share their thoughts on what it means to be a farmer, and staff members of an Oregon-based farm training organization explain its structured educational program for future farmers.

Defining a Path to Farming

Historically farming has been passed from one generation to the next through working side-by-side with an experienced farmer. That fundamental process hasn’t changed, but the way the process is being implemented has.

Today, formal internships and apprenticeships on working farms must include structured educational programming to adhere to current employment laws. This approach protects both the farmer and the intern. It also helps to clarify the path for young people to begin building a farming career — which is good, because America needs more farmers and more farm mentors.

The Need for More Farmers

America is experiencing both a crisis and an opportunity in agriculture, as many of our country’s small to midsize family farms are being lost to the monopolization and commoditization of food production. The fact is: We need more farmers to regenerate healthy and robust local and regional food networks and to act as stewards of the lands we all depend on. And for young people who love working outdoors, living with the seasons, and growing food, a more formal career path to farming now exists.

For more information on advancing your farming career, contact these organizations:

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