CIRS Blog about Rural California
Blog posts tagged in Aging Farmers
By Matt Perry
As farmer’s markets explode all over California and people start to view food as a form of medicine, family farms are emerging as the backbone of a blossoming “shop local” movement and the desire to reconnect with both neighbors and nature.
Yet an aging California population also means that older adult farmers – “agrarian elders” – are retiring at a record rate and taking decades of irreplaceable wisdom with them.
A California farming organization is now on a mission to help keep these small farms in the hands of family members or trusted employees to retain this important heritage.
For the past 15 years, California FarmLink has been fostering farm succession using a team of advisors around the state and “toolkits” to help with the process.