why a 30 year-old apple farmer is writing a blog

34-Eliza-Greenman-with-pearsBefore I even delve into an introduction about myself, I need to write a blog post on why I’m actually blogging. The short answer: tree crops farmers (also known as orchardists) are severely underrepresented in anything agricultural. The result is a general lack of awareness for this trade. Young farmers or wanna be farmers who attend farmer conferences hardly ever get the chance to learn about this side of agriculture, the perennial side, and that has got to change. Perhaps this lifestyle seems unobtainable for most young farmers. Perhaps they just don’t know where to start since perennial skills are rarely taught by farming organizations across the country.  Whatever the reason, the average age of orchardists around the country is climbing past 60 years old and I find myself more and more alone in what I’m doing.

That’s why I’m here. I’ve spent most of my twenties learning my trade and this blog will serve to be a 100% transparent guide to how I got to where I am, how I am currently making my living and the journey of where I want to go.  I want to teach, inspire and recruit young people into becoming perennial farmers.





One thought on “why a 30 year-old apple farmer is writing a blog

  1. I hear you Eliza, and I’m incredibly grateful to folks like you that are building a virtual community for the next generation of fruit growers. I went to our local 4H to offer a program and it just didn’t take. It’s animal husbandry, horses, or row crops, but no orchards for 4H. Thank you for the sharing, and I’ll do what I can to add to the knowledge.


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