As you may have noticed, the Maitri Farm crew skews younger than the average American farmer. Most of us are first generation farmers (we don't come from farming families). And we're part of a bigger trend of young people choosing farming careers. In rural places it can be hard to tell, but there are whole bunch of us.
The National Young Farmers Coalition put out a report on what the biggest needs of young farmers are and it is worth checking out. They surveyed 3,517 young farmers all over the country in Building A Future With Farmers II. A lot of the trends in this report, also describe the Maitri crew. If you're curious about what the future of agriculture looks like, this is a great place to start.
We're really lucky that the National Young Farmers is based out of Hudson, NY. The Hudson Valley is definitely a hot spot for young farmers. Our local chapter is the Hudson Valley Young Farmers Coalition. It's heartening to know we're not the only ones.