A New Generation of Farming

Adam Sherwood and Emily Madara work together on their farm in Cedar Grove, NC. Madara says they are looking for additional help on the farm-- in hopes of being less tied to the land in the future.

Video by Jenn Morrison

Farms that have been in the family for hundreds of years now have an uncertain future.

Despite the massive wave of aging farmers and lack of younger farmers to fill their shoes, farmers across North Carolina are encouraging their children to seek more stable professions before returning to the farm, if at all.

The stories of two farms, one with a family history and one begun by two UNC alumni, illustrate the risks and rewards of being a young farmer and what the vulnerable future of farming may look like.

 

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