Between 2007 and 2012 the number of farmers age 25 to 34 grew 2.2 percent. A small growth, but in a country where the median age of farmers is 58, it's a change that could have an effect on national food systems if it continues.
To explore this trend I photographed John Wood. A first-generation farmer who moved home to Amesville, Ohio at 23 to open a 'lean farm.' He plants, cultivates, and harvests his entire crop mostly by himself, he makes his money selling through a CSA (community supported agriculture), and at the local Farmer's Market, and in the winter he has started woodworking to breakup the monotony of farming. He is one example of a new generation of farmers that may change who is growing our nation's food supply.
“What we must think about is an agriculture with a human face. We must give standing to the new pioneers, the homecomers bent on the most important work for the next century -- a massive salvage operation to save the vulnerable but necessary pieces of nature and culture and to keep the good and artful examples before us. It is time for a new breed of artists to enter front and center, for the point of art, after all, is to connect. This is the homecomer I have in mind: the scientist, the accountant who converses with nature, a true artist devoted to the building of agriculture and culture to match the scenery presented to those first European eyes.”
― Wes Jackson, Becoming Native to This Place