Beginner Farmer Program in Oregon

Here is some inspiration for our region’s Beginner Farmer initiatives (I just found out that the USDA considers anyone who has farmed 0-10 years a ‘beginner farmer’):

The average age of farmers in Oregon is 57 years old. Without a plan to get new farmers onto the land, with access to education, financing and markets, we stand to lose 25-50% of the land that is currently in agriculture production. In response, Friends of Family Farmers is developing a land and resource connection service with an online database that will help us grow our own next generation of family farmers.

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