Vanishing?

Ninety-one percent of America’s fruit and seventy-eight percent of our vegetables are grown near metro regions, where they are in the path of development. And America has been losing more than an acre of farmland every minute.
— American Farmland Trust
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This is an issue we should all care about -- especially if we love real, local food. Farming is hard. It always has been. And in our age digital everything, farming is about as analog as it gets -- which makes it a hard sell to the next generation. A recent article in the New York Times shares the concerns of pioneer organic farmers. Rebels all, they're reaching retirement age without clear succession plans or access to capital. While it's critical to support local farm CSAs and farmers markets, it's also important to find ways to keep their farms in production for the next generation. FARMroots, a project of GrowNYC is a start. Open to farmer-vendors, it offers legal, technical and financial assistance to farmers at all levels. Because the NYC Greenmarket casts such a wide web (many of our local farmers sell there) this program can have a huge impact in helping farmers keep their land safe from development.