Age of the Farmer: Short film highlights shortage of young farmers

Age of the Farmer is a short film about young farmers in the Pacific Northwest, which aims to explore the shortage of young farmers.

Family farms are integral to the history of North America, but disinterested youth have placed the industry under threat. In the US and Canada, the average age of farmers is 65 and there are not enough young farmers to replace them.

In an attempt to express some of the thoughts and feelings of young farmers, filmmaker Spencer MacDonald joined forces with photojournalist Eva Verbeeck to make the short documentary, Age of the Farmer.

In Age of the Farmer, Spencer MacDonald and photojournalist Eva Verbeeck meet a group of idealistic young farmers who are fighting to return the industry to its former strength.

Spencer MacDonald was inspired to make the movie having spent time himself living and learning on organic farms as a WWOOF volunteer.

WWOOF enables people to live and learn by volunteering on a variety of organic properties. WWOOF Volunteers give hands on help and have an interest in learning about organic farming and gaining skills in sustainable ways of living.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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