My Local Organic Farming Community

1747 WordsMay 26, 20167 Pages
For the past few years I 've slowly started getting involved with my local organic farming community to learn pressing issues young farmers face. I almost immediately notice that Sonoma County, which is quite a large, has extremely knowledgeable leaders on the topic of food politics. Furthermore, I found these people are generous and living an organic local lifestyle. Aside from the given importance of eating local and healthy, there are two major factors which make it critical for me to learn and eat organic foods. I have special needs nephew named Lucas you must eat organically. In fact, all his food is measured and blended to get the proper nutrients and enough calories for the day. He is quite sensitive to food, and chemicals,…show more content…
Shortly after getting involved with local Farmers Guild, which now has 11 chapters, I realized the dire importance to spread the word and message about the future of young farmers. The typical American farmer is over 57, white and male; he often has no succession plan. One of my clients, Larry Peter the Owner of Petaluma Creamery worked in agriculture as a young man picking prunes and raspberries. He washed milk bottles; bottle fed calves, and drove a forklift for ten years while he learned the business. He saved his money, bought run-down houses, fixed them up, and rented them out. In doing research, I found farmers and ranchers earned a median annual income of nearly $61,000 in 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (1) Seven of the 10 best-paying U.S. cities for farmers were in California, ranking at $80,0000-$87,000 annually. According to a recent report commissioned by the USDA, there will be 20,000 fewer university graduates in the fields of agriculture and the environment than will be needed in just the next five years. In order to feed 9 billion people by 2050, we will need a diverse population of agriculture researchers who can think outside the hectare and leverage the experience of nontraditional learners — including veterans, refugees from rural backgrounds, migrant farmworkers and female farm owners. (5) Which
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