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How to be a farmer

(article, Culinate staff)

You already knew that America's farmers were a shrinking and graying population. But as Leslie Cole pointed out recently in the Oregonian, the new farmers espousing small-scale, sustainable, locally focused, and organic farming are generally young people taking up farming for a living: "Where others might see work and worry, Brandon Mazur, 26, sees a life of diverse work outdoors, the ability to make his own decisions, and the chance to be a part of a cultural and economic shift in how we produce and procure food." Will the youth revolution bring permanent change? Only time will tell.