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Young Americans seek work in farms

Liz Whitehurst, 32, a liberal arts college graduate who was raised in the Chicago suburbs, chose the life of farming, joining other city-dwellers and other greenhorn green thumbs on serving the demands for local and sustainable food.

These young farmers make a living out of small farms. Studies say that the likes of Whitehurst in the industry tend to be into organic planting, diversification of crops and animals, and are more in touch with their community than the average farmer.

Liz and her friends admit that money isn’t that big in farming,m; they had to give up the standard of living that they were used to, considering the fact that they did not come from agricultural families. Several grocery chains are into buying local food programs,  so the efforts of millennial farmers like Liz will bear fruit in time.

Those who turn their backs on their desk jobs like this 32 year-old want to have an immediate impact to the community. Unlike office work, farming makes them feel that they contribute positively to society.

Farming families are in decline while commercial farms are rising. The growing number of these millennial farmers are standing in the middle, which helps rural communities create a resilient food system. Though they might not be able to fill-in the number of retiring farmers yet, the changes that these new-age farmers are enacting are actually impressive and are movements toward a more sustainable planet.

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