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Leaving Day Jobs, Novices Dig Into Farming

Mark Mills quit his steady job as a pastry chef for the unsteady life of a farmer. Making the decision took two things. “Boundless enthusiasm, coupled with a little bit of ignorance,” Mills said. Although the United States is one of the world’s leading agricultural powers, few Americans are farmers, just two percent of the population. In recent years, more small farms are popping up to serve the growing demand for locally produced food. Like Mills, the people running these ventures...

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