national young farmers coalition

  NAME: Josh Morgenthau FARM: fishkill Farms AGE: 28 Tell us a more about your farm and how you got into farming:I grew up in New York City. After college, I moved a little bit upstate, to the farm my grandfather started in 1913. My father had kept it running at a loss over the years. What did you do before you started farming? Have you found it be an easy transition from your previous job?I was a painter. I studied art in school, and I originally moved back to the family farm to paint. Once I started planting vegetables, and raising chickens, I could not go back. The farm was like a living, changing work of art, and it took me captive. What made you choose New York?It was my heritage...
**For a chance to win a copy of Greenhorns, just log on to FarmPlate and review your favorite food businesses! We'll enter your name in our drawing once for every review you write. More reviews equals more chances to win!**  I love farming, but from a distance. It requires bending, squatting, twisting, pulling, pushing, cutting, dragging, digging and reaching. It can sometimes include aches, pains, cuts, cracks, blisters, infections, stings and sprains. Knowing all the physical demands of farming—or at least having heard of them—I’m somehow still drawn to it. Especially when books like Greenhorns: 50 Dispatches from the New Farmers’ Movement hit the shelves and make the lifestyle...
In a recent blog post, Mother Jones’ Tom Philpott sends a mixed message to aspiring young farmers. On the one hand, it’s a good time to be a small, local food producer selling direct to consumers; that market is growing. On the other hand, good luck raising money to start a farm. And even if you do scrounge up the funding, even better luck finding affordable health insurance.   According to the USDA, direct sales from local farms to consumers are at their highest level since the early 1980’s. And the benefits to the local economy of buying direct from farms are clear as ever, according to Philpott. But despite a strong market, the recent increase in young, hip folks heading back to the...