Young Farmers in the Capital Press

posted September 1, 2010

Now in their second year of operation, couple makes plans to expand acreage

Shooting Star CSA

By WES SANDER

FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Lily Schneider and Matthew McCue believe in farming.

They believe it brings people together, and they believe that although it’s tough, it’s a viable business for any young upstart.

“There’s the myth, lots of people say you can’t make a living farming,” Schneider said. “Everyone has just (bought) into this idea. But thankfully we’ve had mentors who have helped us along the way and we’ve been able to have a business model that allows us to support ourselves.”

Schneider and McCue, both in their mid-20s, run Shooting Star CSA, a community-supported agriculture operation in the Suisun Valley near the San Francisco Bay Area. Their 10-acre, leased farm is certified organic.

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