New England farms growing stronger with younger farmers

POLAND, Maine (NECN) -- It's summer harvest time for New England farmers, and a U.S.D.A census shows more of those farmers are getting younger.

Between 2007 and 2012, Maine alone showed a 40% increase in farmers 34-years-old and younger.

There's still affordable land and the opportunity to tap into a strong consumer demand for locally grown food.

17-year-old Alana Chipman is considering joining her older sister as the 8th generation to run her family farm in Poland. "I think of myself trying to work somewhere later in life in a building and I just can't think of it," she said. "I love being outside... judt always worked in the fields, and I really enjoy that."

Our region is bucking a national decline in the number of farms.

However, the U.S.D.A. census showed an increase in the number of farms in every state in New England.


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