Makenna Goodman wrote a guest post for Huffington Post this week, asking whether or not “farming” has become the new American Dream.
She offers up the “grow your own” trend and the increase in college graduates heading into farming or farming-related fields as evidence, and it is certainly an interesting argument. And though critics might think of it as a fad or response to the failing global economy, Goodman refutes that a bit:
Some might say it’s a passing trend, like flannel shirts in Williamsburg. Some might say it’s because there’s a dearth of “real” jobs, and farming is a good interim experience until the economy perks up. But perhaps it’s something more profound: you know, a deeper desire to get back to the agrarian life. Or, a more emotional reaction–a re-establishment of home values, a switch in the long-term goals of the entitled, and a deepening need for connection to one’s food, and work ethic. Perhaps we’re looking at a new world of homesteading, manual labor, and life on the land. A life of farming, in other words.
This is a very cool thought, and something that will probably help our country. Critics and scholars always talk about how we are too-tech reliant and we need to get back to our roots.
And even if college graduates are heading in this direction to get a job, they are still heading in that direction — which can only be a good thing.
Read More: Is Becoming A Farmer The New American Dream? (Huffington Post)