|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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Glenna Mae Hendricks. She is an entrepreneur and income tax consultant, so we get lots of good tax tips from her. She is an oenophile (“look that up in your Funk and Wagnall’s,” she says), and a wine enjoyment teacher/guide who also writes wine notes at the Allen’s Retail Liquors site. Her political thoughts (and occasional outbursts of domesticity) appear at Old Feminist and Wild-eyed Liberal.