Betting on the Farm

It ain't no cushy, high-paid summer position, but these days it's just as coveted.

Farming internships are being flocked to by people of all stripes, eager to learn the tangible skills of food production.

In the New York Times Sunday Magazine this week, Christine Muhlke writes about the increasing popularity of farming internships. She pays a visit to Tantre Farm in Chelsea, Michigan, asking what makes people want to do long hours of hard labor on a farm, for little or no pay.

It's all part of the cultural shift. Learning how to plant and plow is a way to reconnect with the sources of our food.

For his part, Richard Andres, Tantre’s co-owner and head farmer, isn't fussed about any sustainable shift. “There’s all this buzz about results-based this, that and the other thing," he says, "but when the radishes are ready, you got to pull them out.”

Read the article here.

Photo: Apprentices work in the field at Tantre Farm. (David La Spina/The New York Times)

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