Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Urbanites and suburbanites becoming small-scale farmers

A story in today's Sacramento Bee suggests that most of the young adults flocking to organic and small-scale farming are from urban and suburban areas, not from rural places. Carlos Alcala reports from Somerset in El Dorado County, California, population 175,382. (Somerset is not even a Census Designated Place.) Here's the lede for the story, headlined "Future farmers transplanted from cities, suburbs":

The refrain about young people and agriculture used to be, "How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm?"

City attractions were deemed too strong for the simple life to compete for the attention of young rural adults.

That longtime story is reversing.

Cities and suburbs now supply young recruits to agriculture, primarily to small and organic farms, and the trend is playing out in El Dorado County.

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