According to The Boston Globe, the youngest generation is enjoying spending weekends and vacations "down on the farm," helping with chores and learning about where their food comes from.
What a great opportunity for us small farmers! If we enjoy the idea of opening our farm to young kids and their parents, we stand to benefit from this wave of interest in small farms and food production. First, we are teaching and inspiring a whole new generation of farmers. And even if these kids never create their own farm, they are learning about the benefits of eating food grown by local producers, and supporting their local farmer. These kids grow into adults who will eagerly purchase CSAs and show up to help with their CSA on work days.
If you haven't thought about it already, maybe it's time to catch the next big thing and turn your farm into an educational center where people can come to learn about food production, farming, and get a little closer to nature -- and their dinner plate.