5 Millennial Farmers to Watch

| 1/23/2019 11:19:00 AM

Small farmers are everywhere — especially millennial farmers. As the farming population ages, young farmers are becoming more and more important to the way our food is produced. Customers are starting to demand answers about where their food was grown, how it was grown, and even who grew it.

While urban agriculture is certainly popular with millennials, many young people are choosing to leave cities behind and pursue rural farming life. Wherever they choose to farm, young are definitely making a big impact on the future of organic farming and food security. Let’s take a look at five millennial farmers and organizations to keep an eye on:

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1. Fleet Farmers | Orlando, FL

Since its inception in 2014, Fleet Farming has taken the world of urban farming by storm. These young farmers take over suburban lawns and transform them into food-producing green gardens filled with lettuce and other leafy greens.

Fleet Farming works to increase access to local food which in turns helps bring together a healthier population of people with strong connections between them. By making healthy food accessible and extremely visible in residential areas, Fleet Farmers are, in turn, fighting the obesity epidemic too.

According to Bradley University,“the widespread availability of convenience and fast foods, typically high in saturated fat, calories, salt and sugar is likely a major contributor to the obesity epidemic.”

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Curtis Stone of Green City Acres basically pioneered the concept of urban farming in Kelowna, B.C. : https://www.greencityacres.com/. Also John Mills at Eagle Creek Farms is transitioning his family's land to organic agriculture: https://www.eaglecreekfarms.ca/. And Takota Coen of Coen Farm is taking his multi-generational farm and teaching/inspiring others on how to farm regeneratively using permaculture principles: https://www.coenfarm.ca

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