Is Becoming a Farmer the New American Dream?
In recent years, as issues of food and farming have entered mainstream conversation, more and more young people are eschewing traditional career paths and opting for a life on the farm. Additionally, many people with established careers are leaving the corporate world and attempting to live off the land. Some have suggested that this move toward an agrarian lifestyle is a passing trend, but others, including author and journalist Gene Logsdon, insist that these people are real farmers, and their work is as legitimate as that of lifelong farmers.
I think I hear a faint rustle under the blacktop of shopping center parking lots, under the abandoned animal factories of yesterday and those yet to be abandoned tomorrow. Not only are the weeds pushing up through the cracking pavements, making way for the trees, but the irrepressible agrarian impulse is pushing through too. As long as humans are free to follow their hearts, there is hope.