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Organic Farms Turning Over to New Generation
by Susan Lutz,
ATH Co-Editor of Organic Living
Farms are handed down from generation to generation, at least until now. With the average age of a farmer climbing to near 60, who's going to run the farm? Many children, once thought a natural to take over farms, leave for the city life or other careers. What are farms doing to keep viable? Creative ideas are churning to tap into those passionate about growing food, about taking care of the land.
Internships and apprenticeships bring new blood to farms. A place of teaching while working the land is proving a way to find and nourish a new generation of farmers. New Morning Farm in Pennsylvania once struggled to find enough workers. With the growing demand for organic food, getting into New Morning today is like getting into an Ivy League School. The focus of the farm is to continue its mission of growing healthy food and impart knowledge and passion for those who work the land while providing for others.
Many farms are changing from cooperate farming to organic farming. One look at major food chains reveals that organic is creeping into even the biggest markets. Large chains even advertise organic as part of their staple product - side by side with conventionally farmed produce. Sales, though still a much smaller piece of the food pie, are around 3.12 billion, according to an article by the Los Angeles Times. This increase in demand for organic of over 80% in the last five years drives young men and women to farms with the intention of planting organic.
Farming is a hard way of living. Yet, it offers a connection to the land and a family life many long to give children. The definition of success and happiness continues to be redefined. It's no secret that true happiness comes from areas often disconnected from the pursuit of money, solely for the sake of accumulating wealth. As we choose careers and lifestyles for reasons of fulfillment in other areas of life, perhaps that's the way to not only take care of our planet, but also a way that the money is bound to come.
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About the Author
Susan Lutz, ATH Co-Editor of Organic Living, has practiced organic living and gardening for over 20 years. She credits a whole, organic lifestyle to dramatic healing results in the health of her family, which includes her son with special needs. Susan is a writer, radio producer and film maker living in Costa Rica.
She’s written a new visual media book called: The Paradox of Paradise: A Woman’s Journey to a Place called Heaven on Earth. The book maybe seen at www.theparadoxofparadise.com.
Her film, The Coffee Dance, will be available for distribution soon. A trailer maybe be seen at www.thecoffeedance.com.
Visit her website: www.motherjungle.com