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Beginner’s Mind Farm Tour
Saturday | April 22, 2017 | 1:30 pm — 7:00 pm
Locations in Northern California, CA
What would inspire someone to become a farmer? A curiosity about gaining practical skills outside of academia? Having parents who “retired” to start a cattle ranch and homestead farm? An awareness of environmental and development issues? Moving to the Bay Area? On this half-day adventure, we’ll visit two farms on the coast just south of San Francisco, both run by young farmers who are also considered beginning farmers.
Why should you care about supporting young farmers? The USDA estimates that 500,000 US farmers (about one-quarter) will retire by 2030, leaving a large gap for the next generation to fill. In a report titled Building a Future with Farmers, the National Young Farmers’ Coalition (NYFC) surveyed 1,000 young and beginning farmers across the US and found that access to land, capital, health care, credit, and business training posed huge challenges. We’ll learn a little bit about some of those challenges and how these two sets of farmers are managing them, while checking out their flower beds, strawberry fields, plant starts, pigs, chickens, and ducks.Visit Event Website >>