In spite of the continual negative media coverage on the “job” market, the largest growing sector of the economy seems to remain ignored. Food and farming continue to grow, both figuratively and literally.
According to USDA Census reports: The sector with the largest growth in percentage and absolute terms was farms with less than 50 acres.
Moreover, more small farms in America means more locally produced food, which means less petroleum burned transporting food across the country or around the world. A Cornell University study notes that a “simple but radical reduction in transport distance” would save great amounts of energy; for example, “transporting strawberries from California to New York by air requires 100 kcal of oil per kcal of strawberry imported.”
Jobs are HERE, not only in actual “hands-on” farming, but in farm and food related businesses. It will be a long time before people stop eating.
Visit our Regional links especially http://nebeginningfarmers.org/farmers/ and stay tuned as to what is going on in our Region in this important sector of the local economy.