The Boston Globe reported that after decades of decline, farming is resurging again in Massachusetts. New farmers are graduates fresh out of college, immigrants with farming backgrounds, or former professionals starting new careers. From 2002 to 2007, the number of farms in Massachusetts jumped by about 27 percent. That’s a reversal from the previous five years, when there was a 20 percent drop in the number of farms. The start-up farms are smaller than the enterprises of the past. For more….read the article here.
There is an interesting web service that connects people who need help in their garden/farm with volunteer workers. Sounds like a great idea when all the beans and tomatoes are ready to pick and you need help. Or if you just want to help out on a farm. Check out this service here.
There are many young people in New England looking to get established as new farmers. Quite a few of my former students are taking the plunge and having some success. While it isn’t easy, the economy and market are making this more possible. It looks like the same trend is occurring in the west! Check out this simple “how to get started” web page. Click here.