|The average age of US farmers is over 57.
Photo by Becky McCray
Here is a chance to double down in San Francisco on 24 January 2011.
Two million young people—many of them from rural backgrounds—have served in the U.S. military since the attacks of 9/11. These veterans are facing extremely hard times, with very high rates of unemployment. Farming can be their ticket to a bright future and they could help solve our nation’s severe shortage of new farmers.
If you are a post 9/11 veteran who might be interested in becoming a farmer, OR if you are an entrepreneur who has a service that would benefit such a farmer, you should go, or look for similar opportunities in your area.
Are you a post 9/11 veteran who is finding it hard to rejoin the greatly diminished work force and you enjoy being with nature? Look into the Farmer-Veteran Coalition. Did you grow a bean in a Dixie cup in Kindergarten? You can do this.
Does your business offer a way for the budding farmer to connect with his or her customers? Get involved.
And you readers of SmallBizSurvival.com, make sure you share with any veterans/future-farmers you encounter.
Can’t make this event? Look around, and find a way to bring together veterans and farmers in your community.
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