Another Generation Goes Back to the Land
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On this rebroadcast of today's To the Point, for the first time since 1920, the Agricultural Census is showing an increase in American farmers. They haven't all grown up on farms; many come from the cities. Often graduates of prestigious institutions of higher learning, they're getting financial help from the federal government. Maybe they've contributed to your Thanksgiving dinner. Also, a Black Friday preview, and the last new movies before the end of Oscar season.
Banner image: Students at the Center for Land-Based Learning, including Marc Cavatorta at right.
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Another Generation Goes Back to the Land ()
Historically speaking, civilization has moved from the countryside to the city, from tilling the soil to industrial jobs, office work and technology. There's always been a counter-movement of urbanites, who have romanticized the pastoral life ‘til they've learned about hard labor and lousy income. But the latest new farmers appear to be sticking it out much longer, motivated by interest in the environment and a passion for really good , locally grown, food. The US government, which is granting $1.8 billion in loans to new farmers, says they're doing the right thing at the right time.
- Lindsey Lusher Shute: National Young Farmers Coalition, @LLShute
- Marc Cavatorta: California Farm Academy
- Mary Kimball: Center for Land Based Learning, @MaryCLBL
- Ron Rosmann: Rosmann Family Farms
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