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Youth Moving Into Farming

November 25th , 2017 By Caitlin Dewey

Photo Credit: Washington Post photo by Michael Robinson Chavez

Caption: Liz Whitehurst picks greens at Owl's Nest Farm in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, on Nov. 9. Whitehurst is the owner and operator of the farm, which sells its produce at a D.C.-area farmers market, to restaurants and through CSA shares.

Liz Whitehurst dabbled in several careers before she ended up on a farm, crating fistfuls of fresh-cut arugula in the November chill. The hours were better at her nonprofit jobs. So were the benefits. But two years ago, the 32-year-old Whitehurst — who graduated from a liberal arts college and grew up in the Chicago suburbs — abandoned Washington, D.C., for a 3-acre farm in Upper Marlboro, MD. She joined a growing movement of highly educated, ex-urban, first-time farmers who are capitalizing on booming consumer demand for local and sustainable foods and, experts say, could have a broad impact on the food system.

For the full article by Caitlin Dewey, visit the Times Union website at: http://www.timesunion.com/business/article/Demand-draws-young-people-to-farming-12380435.php