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Food Column: Elton on Young Farmers

This past weekend, many of us sat down to a Thanksgiving feast. It's the time of year when we celebrate all the food that this country produces. But the farmers who grow this harvest in our province are growing older and older and older. The latest from Statistics Canada shows that most farmers are older than 55 years old. And there aren't a lot of young people who are rushing to take over the farm.

This had our food columnist, Sarah Elton, wondering about the future. So she talked with a 14 year-old who helps with his family's organic farm, and talked about how organizations such as FarmStart is helping to get a new generation on the farm. Listen audio (runs 6:07)

Sarah mentioned she'd suggest a few books that shed light on why farming hasn't been appealing to young people for a few decades. Here are her picks:

Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma is already a classic. For a Canadian perspective on farming life, she recommends Margaret Webb's Apples to Oysters. Sarah also wrote a book about this: Locavore: From Farmers' Fields to Rooftop Gardens, How Canadians Are Changing the Way We Eat.

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