Young Farmers Farming on Borrowed Land
From young farmers combining politics with pitchforks to rediscovering how to farm with horses, a new generation is seeking to revive sustainable, local agriculture. But how do you do that if you don't have access to capital? The Rodale Institute has an excellent piece on how and why many young farmers farm on borrowed land:
If you're considering beginning your own farming venture, a good place to start is stepping slowly away from your computer...and...knocking on farmhouse doors. One knock leads to another and another and, before you can grow a zucchini, you're a professional networker. Speaking with other farmers is also a great resource, as well as making use of your local cooperative extension service, state land trusts and projects such as New England LandLink which matches available farmland to those seeking it.