Joel Salatin On the Next Generation of Farmers

April 9, 2014 at 11:07 am Leave a comment

The reason young people have felt excluded from being able to get into farming is because the price of land, infrastructure, and equipment is so capital intensive that it becomes prohibitive for a young person to get in.

The number one thing to realize is that you don’t have to own the land to farm.  That’s the huge issue right now.  People think they’ve got to buy land in order to farm.  With the portable systems that we have now, from tools to nursery shade cloth to hoop structures, portable animal shelters, poultry shelters, turkey mobiles – we’ve done a lot of these, but we can now have portable farms.

Because we now have an information dense infrastructure that is not mass oriented, it’s information oriented.  Information being the technology for example to make electric fence or hoop structures or water pumps or plastic pipe.  These are very low cost, low capital infrastructure.

Entry filed under: Food, Students/Youth.

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