Small farming grows despite recession

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Farming is on the rise as land preservation increases and a new generation of farmers steps up, according to Elizabeth Weise of USA Today, whose report focuses on Washington state farmers. Higher demand for organic and local food and and community support is encouraging young, first-generation farmers to start small organic farms. In a related report by Amy Radil of KUOW News, land trusts are aiding farmers who normally wouldn’t be able to afford buying land for long-term planning, and Washington just gained its first USDA-inspected slaughterhouse, enabling local livestock farmers to sell their meat here instead of shipping it to Oregon packing houses and back.

– Emily Linroth

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