DIGHTON — They came bearing babies in backpacks and tattoos on their shoulders and ankles, bearded and shod in Teva sandals, accompanied by a dog or two. They might have been headed for Burning Man or a hipster cafe in Brooklyn, N.Y.
In fact, this was a gathering of young professionals. They are farmers, 2013 models. Like their predecessors, they’re passionate about growing things, about working with their hands and their heads, about food. But unlike previous generations of farmers, many were not raised on farms and have no access to family-owned land. They struggle to succeed in a field that has high barriers to entry, long hours, and low pay.