Millennial Farming

There is a very clear stigma associated with millennials. Just for a moment, forget the stereotypical shallow, self-centered, lazy versions of millennials you read about and take a look at my life.

At 20-years-young my life looks dramatically different than those my age. I am married, working a full time job, and growing a farm… and I wouldn’t change a thing. My husband and I were not handed a farm, and have begun by building from the ground up. We have an understanding that growing the farm takes resiliency, determination, hope, sweat, and perseverance.

The most well-known attribute millennials have is their understanding of technology. With access to research of all kinds, were not afraid of trying new concepts or approaches to farming. First-generation farms can truly be powerful because there is no preconceived idea of what it should look like or how it should be done. This adaptation and change in practices can change the images we associate with a farm… Beginning with what a farmer looks like. When people hear of what we’re doing, they often look at me with a surprised expression and say “I never would have pictured you to be a farmer.” Rightfully so, I have never seen anyone else wear pearls in the pig pen either. Additionally, the entire operation begins to look different than any farm you have ever seen. While we share a passion for agriculture with farmers from other generations, we are also breaking the standards and developing a new perspective.  We are shaping our farm with our passion to share our beliefs, and as millennials we are taking agriculture to the next level.

It is becoming more common for millennials and upcoming generations to have a connection with where their food comes from. Consumers are becoming aware of what goes on in the broken industrial food system and have a desire to be a part of the local food movement. As we join this movement we recognize the number of young couples in agriculture are few and the number of farms that can relate to millennials are fewer. A future in which food is safer, healthier, and environmentally friendly can exist while the status quo of farming is dramatically altered. The opportunity for young farmers has never been better, and it should be a future that everyone can get behind.

Consider supporting a local farm and stand behind millennial farmers who are passionate about entrepreneurship and strengthening the magnitude of the Local Food Movement.

-Samantha Webb

Wild Pasture Co. 

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26 thoughts on “Millennial Farming

    1. Support local forms by buying their products instead of commercial farms whose products are found in grocery stores. Farmers markets and delivery services are great things to be on the look out for to support local! Eating local provides great benefits for all.

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  1. J & D > Without in any way diminishing what you say, or you are doing (the opposite, in fact) … Pretty much the same might have been written at various times in the past. Most recently (in the UK) in the early 1980s (those of us who rejected the Yuppie generation label), the non-hippies of the late 60s and early 70s. Then there was John Seymour (and others) and those that followed them – in the late 50s and early 60s, the small-holder movement of both after WWI (realism) and before WWI (idealism), and so-on back to the utopian movements of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. What you are doing follows in the footsteps of those who in previous generations have shaken themselves free from the conventionalities of their times to reconnect with fundamental values, taking responsibility for not only their own choices and actions, but the values that underpin them.

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    1. Definitely agree that there’s always been people out there doing there own thing! Especially all first generation farmers who can create there own way of doing things in general. There’s a disconnect with our generation, and we want to be a game changer for millennials. There’s a huge negative connotation with people our age and we want to see that change and provide just what there looking for as a local food source.

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  2. What part of the country are you in? What is your growing season? If you are raising the pigs for meat, is there a slaughterhouse in your neck of the woods? We buy local everything, but in New England that means lots of squash in the winter and apples. We buy meat that has been humanely raised. Good to see you working at this.

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    1. We are from Southwest Michigan. Growing season is typically between the last frost in the spring (March) and the first frost in fall (late October) but we are not doing many crops yet. Our processor for wholesale meat is about 30 miles and for our retail meat we have to travel about 45 miles. So happy to hear you are buying and eating local! Thanks for supporting local!

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  3. I’m with you! I support eating local by getting most of it out of my backyard. I have been looking for more meat sources locally that would still be in my budget, and have considered buying whole animals slaughtered. Next spring we start chicks!

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  4. As someone who is bordering on the generation X and Millennials, my wife and I are working to do the same thing. We are currently waiting to see if we got approved for the land we bid on. It is only half an acre right now. It is a start. We are in our early thirties.

    We see the same disconnect with our age group as well. We have always been more at home in rural areas. I can’t wait to start my permaculture garden. I have had many gardens but this will be a new system for me. We will raise our own animals for food and to do things to keep the land balanced.

    We are even buildinh our house on our own using alternative construction methods but going to do our best to keep it as close to code as possible. Everything will be propane and solar on our land. No Electric company power here. We want to live cleaner and healthier internally and environmentally than we have been able to up til now.

    We plan to have an access of our crops go to the local church to help feed folks in our community who need help with groceries.

    Just a couple of tattooed, peirced, heathen farmers working towards new methods of doing things. Technology is a big helper. So much alternative tech is out there us new farmers and established farmers can use or could try. Not to memtion new research on how to plant in combination with the ways of our forbearers.

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  5. I admire that you’re able to get started so young. That gives you so much life to work with! We are 30 and just getting our farm off the ground–not even so, just the land cleared. But we’re working everyday. I admire your work ethic and wish you all the best!

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  6. So proud of you Sam! I love reading all you’ve been up to, not only because I love seeing you grow and having a beautiful life, but because I too am trying to find a forever home so that my long time dream of a homestead/farm can come true. Hard work pays off and I LOVE reading all you guys are up to. XXOO
    -Brittany Owens (Heffington) 🙂

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