Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Interns Are Going Organic


Photo courtesy of Rainbarrow Studio

I think this is one of the most exciting articles I’ve read in The Times all year. Kim Severson reports that a record number of college students are applying for summer internships on small farms throughout the country. Taking Michael Pollan’s message to the streets, or to the “soil” as it were, these kids are excited about making a difference and escaping economic woes:

“During a recession, a summer on the farm provides respite from grim job hunts and as much bohemian cachet as backpacking through Europe. But for many students, farm life is a way to act on the growing enthusiasm for locally raised food and the increased concern over food safety and the environmental impact of agriculture.”

“Some students say food is the political movement of their time. “I no longer wish I was born in the ’60s,” said Mr. Katz, 20, who discovered farming as an outgrowth of his interest in environmental issues. By actually waking up every day and working in the field and putting my principles into action, I am making a conscious political decision,” he added.

Read the full text here. Happy farming!

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