Youth on the farm

Future Farmers of America (FFA) is rethinking how it does programming in response to the changing economic landscape, and growing interest from the millennial youth. Don’t be mistaken, youth aren’t flocking back to the farm pursuing production agriculture, but they are more conscious of food and environmental issues than in many recent decades.

And you know what is the craziest part? The growth in FFA is not happening in the rural south or midwest, but instead in urban and suburban centers:

FFA’s CEO Dwight Armstrong says programs [adapted to students interests and marketable skills are] taking off. And the changing focus appears to be working. Suburban and inner city chapters in places like Chicago, Philadelphia and New York are some of the fastest growing in the country.

So here’s my question: what is the church doing to capture and cultivate this interest in youth, particularly in urban and suburban communities?

You can hear (and read) the whole story at NPR.org.

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