A new study shows that nearly a third of New England farm operators are over age 65, and most of those farmers don’t employ anyone under 45 years old. The study was conducted by the organizations American Farmland Trust and Land For Good. Cris Coffin is Land For Good’s policy director. She says farmers in the survey had differing views of retirement.
“Some want to die with their boots on, some would like to actually retire early and do something else for awhile,” Coffin says. “Those that are looking for a next generation farmer need help finding those young farmers.”
Coffin says her organization is advocating for state and federal funding for farm preservation programs that help transfer land from older to younger farmers.
Click the audio player above to hear the full interview with Cris Coffin of Land For Good.