Saturday, May 23, 2009

Summer internships related to sustainable agriculture suddenly all the rage

Read Kim Severson's story in the New York Times here. An excerpt about recent college grads working on organic farms and related enterprises follows:

They come armed with little more than soft hands and dog-eared copies of Michael Pollan’s “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” which takes a dim view of industrial agriculture.

A few hope to run their own farms. Others plan to work on changing government food policy. Some are just looking for a break from the rigors of academia. But whatever the reason, the interest in summer farm work among college students has never been as high, according to dozens of farmers, university professors and people who coordinate agricultural apprenticeships.
The entire story is a must read, including some fascinating anecdotes that illustrate the culture clash that (inevitably) follows from such arrangements ...

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