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Ninjas in the Field: Success Stories from Young Biodynamic Farmers

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Moderated by Paula Manalo and featuring Kevin Dietzel, Daphne Kingsley, Amber Lippert, and Chris Velez

America wants more young farmers, and more young farmers want a piece of America. Despite obstacles to entry into farming — access to land, lack of capital or credit, and access to good training, just to name a few — new agrarians are deftly finding their piece of land to steward and serving our communities food. What propels a young person to farm biodynamically and challenge the agriculture status quo? How does one strategically navigate the current economic landscape in search of land and capital to start up a sustainable farm business? Does a farming career reshape a person? These are just a few questions to spark the discussion for beginning farmers, supporters of new farmers, and anyone interested in our agricultural future. Farming may not be easy, but young farmers, such as these panelists, can beat the odds and make things happen.

This workshop will be followed by a booksigning of Greenhorns: 50 Dispatches from the New Farmers' Movement with co-editor Paula Manalo.

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Conference: 
2012 North American Biodynamic Conference
Date: 
Sat, 11/17/2012 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Location: 
Monona Terrace
United States