Every Young Farmer Needs a Kitchen Table Advisor

Pei-Yee Woo is the Associate Director of Kitchen Table Advisors (KTA), a non-profit organization helping organic farmers access the tools, knowledge and resources they need to build viable businesses. I had the pleasure of speaking with her to learn more about how they help beginning farmers. Continue reading

Where will Future Organic Farmers of America come from?

Young Organic FarmerIn my previous reflections on small and big organic, I neglected to mention that agricultural trends in general are not promising for small or large farmers. The USDA preliminary agricultural census for 2012 was released in late February and had disconcerting information about American agriculture. The census showed that the number of farmers is declining and that the average farmer is getting older. This led me to ponder these question: where will our new youthful organic farmers come from? How do we foster the next generation to take up organic production and flourish?  Continue reading