Back to the land: the young American farmers turning away from the rat race to raise their own food
Faith Gilbert’s friends thought she was mad. Five years ago, the history and anthropology graduate told her San Francisco university classmates that she was leaving the lucrative life around Silicon Valley, and returning to the East Coast to grow vegetables.
“They thought I was choosing cows and countryside over people,” she said, with a laugh. “It was seen as a really solitary lifestyle.”
And yet Miss Gilbert, 29, has instead found herself at the centre of a growing community of young farmers. Indeed, for only the second time in the last 100 years, the number of farmers under 35 years old is increasing – and the Hudson Valley, in upstate New York where she runs her 64-acre farm, is at the very…
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