Young Farmers Setting a New Trend

Young Farmers Setting a New Trend

Reports show younger farmers are buying land, and taking over for an older generation. It seems to be true in Vermont.

A Middlebury couple may be right on trend.

New reports show younger farmers are taking over for a retiring generation.

They're bringing a new perspective to farming and it's paying off.

Spencer Blackwell looks out over Elmer farm in Middlebury.

He and his wife run 90-acres here, certified organic.

"The diversity is probably the biggest difference," Blackwell said.

He bought the farm six years ago; he shared with us his reasons for buying it.

"I figured if I can make money on the land...then, uh - it would be a deterrent to building more houses on it," Blackwell said.

He knows keeping it sustainable, takes work.

"We need to be out there every week pretty much planting successions so we're still planting now it's November - we're putting stuff in our greenhouse that will be harvested in March," he said.

Blackwell grows 35 different vegetable crops, including carrots.

"I hope to be working with them for many seasons," Jeff Weinstein.

Jeff Weinstein owns local soup company called Two Guys in Vermont.

Carrots from Elmer Farm are a main ingredient.

"There's professionalism, a consistency - my customers who buy our soups really value that we are buying the foods from farms," Weinstein said.

Weinstein lives by the motto - know your farmer.

Blackwell has similar advice to his generation willing to take on a steep learning curve.

"Find a farmer that you respect who's doing something that you aspire to and work for them." he said.

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