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Posted: November 1 2010
Groups help novice farmers grow into new role
by Gina Kim

Tim Van Wagner, 25, spent last week getting his fields ready for winter – moving from row to row dropping one bell bean seed after another into the fragrant earth along a winding mountain road outside Nevada City.
The life can be a solitary one, but as an increasing number of college graduates and urban professionals choose farming over the proverbial rat race, they are bringing their networking skills along with them.
Dozens of new farmers spent a recent evening under the twinkling lights of a red barn at Bluebird Farm, sharing roast pig, fresh-picked greens, beet salad and cinnamon chocolate-covered strawberries.
"It can be very lonely as a farmer, and to feel a part of something larger than yourself makes it worth it," said Ryan Montgomery, 26, the farm manager at Four Frog Farm, a 10- acre plot in Penn Valley that grows produce for farmers markets, grocery stores and 100 members who buy seasonal shares.
The potluck and meet-and-greet was organized by Severine von Tscharner Fleming, director of the New York-based nonprofit Greenhorns, which was founded two years ago to help new or young farmers talk to each other.
Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2010/10/24/3127292/groups-help-novice-farmers-grow.html#ixzz141lS50Q2

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