National Need for New Farmers is Backdrop to March 17 Beginning Farmer of the Year Award
by Gabriella Baldassari, FamilyFarmed
“Growing Young Farmers” is one of the most important themes for our work at FamilyFarmed. In fact, Direct Market Success, our new farmer training manual and workshop program, is aimed strongly at young and other beginning farmers, who typically build their first customer bases through farmers markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscriptions and other direct market platforms.
The increase in young people seeking to grow food — a number of whom have no previous ties to farming — is an encouraging sign of the rise and relevance of the Good Food movement. And it is also a matter of great national urgency at a time when the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that the average age of the nation’s farmers is nearly 60.
That is why FamilyFarmed is so pleased that the 2017 Beginning Farmer of the Year Award ceremony, presented by the Routes to Farm alliance, will kick off our Good Food Trade Show and Policy Conference on Friday, March 17 at the UIC Forum, located on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus. The five finalist farms are profiled in a new article published in our Good Food on Every Table blog. Read more…