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(Slate)   The latest generation of farmers are apparently all hipsters   ( divider line
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5493 clicks; posted to Main » on 09 Mar 2014 at 5:52 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-03-09 06:06:39 PM  
5 votes:
"I was curious to see what it looked like, to see what was happening with young college graduates starting CSAs and leasing plots of land or starting urban farms and rooftop farms," she said.

That's not farming, that's having a garden you ignorant fark.
2014-03-09 05:59:01 PM  
4 votes:
It looks as though they each produce 1% of the food they'd need to feed themselves.
2014-03-09 06:46:16 PM  
2 votes:
If you don't know what the following are, you are not a farmer and you need to tuck it in and move back to family and friends:

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Also, if you aren't prepared to eat the following as hot cereal during hard times, just go back from whence you came:

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2014-03-09 09:38:30 PM  
1 vote:
They look like the people at our farmer's market. For the last 25 years.
2014-03-09 09:09:44 PM  
1 vote:
As long as they're growing something successfully, I don't care how they wear their neckbeard-monacle-pabst-plaid-I'veneverheardof.
2014-03-09 09:02:26 PM  
1 vote:

EVERYBODY PANIC: Jim_Callahan: TheJonesBoy: How about we call them "gardeners" and everyone lightens up a bit?

Organic gardens are also at terrible, terrible resource black hole, both in financial and environmental terms.

Non-organic gardens actually approach full-scale operations in resource and monetary efficiency with fairly minimal effort for certain resource-intensive crops (notably: tomatoes, carrots) if you're growing in the right climate band, because GMO plants are farkin' awesome.

I "garden" in my back yard, with chemical free blackberries, figs, peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, cantaloupes and herbs. It is a small back yard, but it is very productive. In two years, I plan to move to South Carolina and to put in a half acre fo natural, chemical free crops, most of which I will sell to restaurants (hopefully). I learned how to farm from a video of all things.

And here is a snapshot from September of some of my organic, thornless blackberry plants.

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Very, my ex and I were doing the urban gardening thing. After I left she converted the part for growing corn to a chicken coup. Granted Nashville made her get rid of the rooster . Oh and she had ducks. W e had built koi ponds in the back yard as well.
2014-03-09 07:54:03 PM  
1 vote:

knobmaker: And for all you dimwits who are making fun of young farmers because of their fashion sense, where do you think your food is going to come from in the future?  The average age of farmers in now well over 60.  Robots?  Yeah that's the  ticket.

A few generations ago, plowing a field meant spending a day harnessed to a beast of burden, taking care to make sure neither of you succumbed to heatstroke.

One generation ago, plowing a field meant spending a few hours on an open-air tractor, driving in repetitive patterns and making a mental note to have Doc cut off the latest patch of skin cancer that's shown up.

Today, plowing a field means climbing into an air-conditioned cabin and letting the GPS-controlled autonavigator do its job while you sit back and listen to satellite radio.

Within the next ten years, a farm's entire fleet of tractors will be monitored and supervised in real time by one guy with a smartphone app.
2014-03-09 07:24:53 PM  
1 vote:
Hunh. Never knew my grandmother who grew almost all her own food was a hipster. And she had enough every year to give away shiattons of canned goods as gifts. And for a lot of that time she did it in her space time as she had a factory job until she was in her 60s. She worked maybe a half acre in two plots.
2014-03-09 07:05:44 PM  
1 vote:
Brooklyn, NY?   Venice, CA?

That's not farming, that's gardening.
2014-03-09 07:03:23 PM  
1 vote:

knobmaker: And for all you dimwits who are making fun of young farmers because of their fashion sense, where do you think your food is going to come from in the future? The average age of farmers in now well over 60. Robots? Yeah that's the ticket

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Huey, Dewey and Louie did just fine.
2014-03-09 06:34:46 PM  
1 vote:
I approve of this.

Taking responsibility for what you eat is the most revolutionary acts that there is.
2014-03-09 06:15:32 PM  
1 vote:

Boo_Guy: Why do people keep writing articles about every little things hipsters get into?

Everyone hates hipsters,  so why would you want to hear about them?

/I'm be on the roof with my free range honey bees if anyone needs me

I once asked a hipster how they make organic honey, since the bees won't stop at the edge of the farm and avoid the plants that used pesticides.  I was honestly curious, but they took it as an insult.
2014-03-09 06:12:15 PM  
1 vote:
Well, when there are no jobs, or your jobs don't pay enough to live, you get farming.

Farming is hard.  I know. I grew up farming.  We went broke. Thankfully by then the town nearby was a lot bigger and they wanted our land for houses.  That's my parent's pension now.

no degree needed, don't have to speak English, just have to work 12 hours a day and kiss your weekends goodbye if you want to earn a living.

Young people aren't "discovering" farming.  They have almost no options anymore.  I grow to supplement our diet but I know how much bigger and harder it would be for me to quit my day job and try to live like that.  no thanks.
2014-03-09 06:03:32 PM  
1 vote:

alternaloser: It looks as though they each produce 1% of the food they'd need to feed themselves.

/|\ Wake me when they can export 1,000's of tonnes of wheat, corn, soy beans and other grains to Africa and the world... US agriculture feeds not only the USA with the lowest prices/ most abundant quantities and selections... but then exports so much of this to the rest of the world... I know anti-America/ Anti-corp farming  folks don't like different GMO type crops, but let those folks step up to the plate to feed Africa, then I will respect them in the morning...
2014-03-09 05:53:40 PM  
1 vote:
No, farmers don't look that grubby.
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