- Education and Training: mentoring, youth education
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average age of a farmer in the United States is 58.3 and the number of beginning farmers is declining. We need to get more young people excited about farming! I am 13 years old and love growing crops, raising animals, and learning about farming! I do all of it on less than an acre of land!
This project will show young people that to create a sustainable farm you don’t need a huge budget or multiple acres of land. By growing your own crops, raising livestock, composting manure and scraps, you can have a sustainable farm that will provide food for your family, be profitable, and can help your community with fresh vegetables and meat.
- Build and develop a micro farm that is sustainable and wastes nothing.
- Document and measure the inputs and processes involved in creating and sustaining a micro farm and share with the community through field days and social media.
- Produce food for my family, sell for profit, and gift to food pantries in my community and measure and share the results.