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(NPR)   The "organic generation" dreams of quitting their jobs as waiters and baristas and getting their own little "confinement hog barn with 300,000 pigs"   (npr.org ) divider line
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2013-08-21 08:04:24 AM  
Stupid hipsters. They'll just quit when they realize how hard they actually have to work.
 
2013-08-21 08:25:35 AM  
"There's no way they can pay the student loan, and pay a land payment and still have enough money left over to live on," says , a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University.

So, taking your courses will cost too much to be useful to your students?
 
2013-08-21 08:47:31 AM  
I was at a Microsoft conference earlier this year. I was shocked at the number of Softies who, during their "About me" segment of their presentations, discussed owning a farm. Apparently the West Coast fad is for well-to-do IT folks to buy farms, and farm in their "free" time. I don't get it.
 
2013-08-21 09:10:58 AM  

t3knomanser: I was at a Microsoft conference earlier this year. I was shocked at the number of Softies who, during their "About me" segment of their presentations, discussed owning a farm. Apparently the West Coast fad is for well-to-do IT folks to buy farms, and farm in their "free" time. I don't get it.


My parents live in a rural area about 1.5 hours outside of Chicago.  It's very popular there for baby boomers to partially or completely retire and open hobby farms.  This has been the case for at least 10 years.  These hobby farms generally consist of around 10 acre plots with several horses and a goat (for what I believe is aesthetics).  Sometimes cows are purchased.  One place about 2 miles down the road has peacocks and they're always getting out in the road.

My parents, who grew up on farms, (Dad:  pigs, chickens, Mom:  sheep, horses, chickens) are bewildered by why anyone would consider this an enjoyable way to spend retirement.  They lease their land out to an alfalfa grower.  They're moving to Florida.

Point is, I don't see this as a young or techie West Coast thing unless it's one of those pedantic organic farms or whatever.

/csb
 
2013-08-21 09:26:59 AM  

JasonOfOrillia: "There's no way they can pay the student loan, and pay a land payment and still have enough money left over to live on," says , a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University.

So, taking your courses will cost too much to be useful to your students?


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2013-08-21 09:49:16 AM  

t3knomanser: I was at a Microsoft conference earlier this year. I was shocked at the number of Softies who, during their "About me" segment of their presentations, discussed owning a farm. Apparently the West Coast fad is for well-to-do IT folks to buy farms, and farm in their "free" time. I don't get it.


massive property tax breaks for their primary or vacation homes, up to 90% off depending on the state.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ashleaebeling/2012/06/06/farm-like-a-bil li onaire-harvest-tax-breaks/2/
 
2013-08-21 09:59:21 AM  

abhorrent1: Stupid hipsters. They'll just quit when they realize how hard they actually have to work.


Another tale of folks completely clueless to the economic reality of what they're doing. I was listening to this story on the radio this morning, the chick with the hog farm is a grad dropout, waitresses at night, and can't get a loan. Good luck with that.
 
2013-08-21 10:11:55 AM  
Funny how the work of highest necessity is the least rewarding financially, while Kim Kardashian makes millions a year tweeting about fashion products.  How's that "civilization" working out for ya?
 
2013-08-21 10:27:49 AM  
I want a farm...

... Mostly to get away from people. Partly because I think all y'all are going to blow each other up and the best I can hope for is a plot that isn't in the fallout zone.
 
2013-08-21 10:29:28 AM  

abhorrent1: Stupid hipsters. They'll just quit when they realize how hard they actually have to work.


But at least these Hipsters who dress up like rednecks will finally have an excuse for their clothing.
 
2013-08-21 10:48:01 AM  
As someone who works a full time job to support my farming habit, I have to reiterate the one true thing mentioned in that article: you cannot afford to buy your way into farming and expect to make money at it.  The old saying goes "You know how to make a small fortune farming?  Start with a large one."

/Family beef farm
//If I could afford to buy enough land to farm full time, I'd quit my jobby-job.
 
2013-08-21 11:41:30 AM  
"I think a lot of young people want to work outside in sort of a 'farm camp' fun experience," Teague says. "There are fewer people who would like to work really hard, like 50 to 60 hours a week for not a lot of money, which is what working on a farm is."

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2013-08-21 12:27:49 PM  

abhorrent1: Stupid hipsters. They'll just quit when they realize how hard they actually have to work.


It will be offset by how organic everything they are eating is.
 
2013-08-21 12:40:52 PM  

Rapmaster2000: My parents, who grew up on farms, (Dad: pigs, chickens, Mom: sheep, horses, chickens) are bewildered by why anyone would consider this an enjoyable way to spend retirement. They lease their land out to an alfalfa grower. They're moving to Florida.


Every suburb home has a garden.

In other countries, they grow food to eat in the backyard. Here, in the US, they grow flowers in the frontyard.

Growing stuff is fun.

Anyway, seen a few urban farms here in Detroit. Pretty hipster with their weird veggies that I have no idea what it is.

Growing flowers is for grandmas now. Growing exotic leafy vegetables is the new thing.
 
2013-08-21 02:18:02 PM  

mr0x: Rapmaster2000: My parents, who grew up on farms, (Dad: pigs, chickens, Mom: sheep, horses, chickens) are bewildered by why anyone would consider this an enjoyable way to spend retirement. They lease their land out to an alfalfa grower. They're moving to Florida.

Every suburb home has a garden.

In other countries, they grow food to eat in the backyard. Here, in the US, they grow flowers in the frontyard.

Growing stuff is fun.

Anyway, seen a few urban farms here in Detroit. Pretty hipster with their weird veggies that I have no idea what it is.

Growing flowers is for grandmas now. Growing exotic leafy vegetables is the new thing.


I have a garden, but apparently the only people who get to eat from it are Bambi, Thumper, Chip and Dale.  That and it won't stop raining in the Atlanta Metro area so the plants can get some actual sun and fruit.
 
2013-08-21 02:40:25 PM  

BigLuca: "I think a lot of young people want to work outside in sort of a 'farm camp' fun experience," Teague says. "There are fewer people who would like to work really hard, like 50 to 60 hours a week for not a lot of money, which is what working on a farm is."

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I didn't realize it was 50-60 hours of work each week. If I quit my job and became a farmer, what would I do with the extra 10-30 hours each week?
 
2013-08-21 03:09:02 PM  
Of course, that's not what was ACTUALLY said in the piece on NPR, Subby.

What WAS said is that hipsters young people are NOT interested in 300,000 hog confinement barns, but more interested in smaller farms than past generations.

/Damn, why not listen to the radio once in a while.
 
2013-08-21 03:11:56 PM  

Mad Morf: Of course, that's not what was ACTUALLY said in the piece on NPR, Subby.

What WAS said is that hipsters young people are NOT interested in 300,000 hog confinement barns, but more interested in smaller farms than past generations.

/Damn, why not listen to the radio once in a while.


More to the point, FTA:
 ""It's a very rare person who's not grown up on a farm that's going to go out and say, 'I want to plant 100,000 acres of corn. I want to invest $300,000 in a tractor. I want to get a confinement hog barn with 300,000 pigs,' " Teague says. "
 
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