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Is Personalized, Next-Day Delivery the Future of Urban Farming?

A rooftop-farming venture in Montreal has found success with a model that’s part CSA, part Amazon Prime.<p>Canadians have grown accustomed to seeing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pop up in unlikely photos, sometimes shirtless or in athletic gear. But Trudeau was wearing a suit for a planned photo op …

Aquaponics

Kimbal Musk — Elon’s brother — predicts a movement of millennial workers fleeing desk jobs for farms

After more than a decade working in tech, Kimbal Musk (brother of Elon) decided to lean into his true passion: local food. He now runs a chain of local food-focused restaurants called The Kitchen, as well as Big Green, a national nonprofit that builds educational gardens in public schools.<p>So it …

Aquaponics

Millennials Are Leaving Desk Jobs for This Surprising Profession

The millennial generation is often called out for its social media addictions, its work habits, and even its unhealthy ideals around perfection, but …

Why are America's farmers killing themselves in record numbers?

The suicide rate for farmers is more than double that of veterans. Former farmer Debbie Weingarten gives an insider’s perspective on farm life – and how to help<p>It is dark in the workshop, but what light there is streams in patches through the windows. Cobwebs coat the wrenches, the cans of spray …

A growing number of young Americans are leaving desk jobs to farm

Liz Whitehurst dabbled in several careers before she ended up here, crating fistfuls of fresh-cut arugula in the early-November chill.The hours were …

Farming

'This Blessed Earth' Considers The Fraught Future Of Family Farming

The future of farming is a fraught topic. How do we pass on a legacy of farming to the next generation? How do we keep America’s food system …

Agriculture

Why small, local, organic farms aren’t the key to fixing our food system

The food movement has a problem: It’s right about what’s wrong with our system, but wrong about how to fix it.<p>But what is the “food movement?” I hear you asking. For these purposes, we’ll call it the loose coalition of sustainability-minded people calling for the food system to be more focused on …

Agriculture

What Does It Cost To Start A New Farm?

The cost of land–among many other factors–makes the idea of independent farms setting up shop almost impossible.<p>The average age of an American farmer is now 58.3–a number that’s been increasing for three decades. About 40% of farmers are 65 and over. And fewer younger people are entering the …