What does it take to grow a farmer?
Like growing any crop, you can sum it up simply with basics: land, equipment, knowledge and experience. But it’s so much more.
Growing farmers has become critical. The average farmer in the U.S. is a 57-year-old white man, and new farmers don’t crop up overnight. It takes time and nurturing.
It’s not uncommon to hear people worry about who will be the next crop of farmers, where they’ll come from, if there will be enough of them, whether they’ll be able to withstand droughts, storms, pest pressures and other disasters.
In this series, we explore what it takes to grow the next generation of farmers.