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Educating Students and Feeding the Community

Touch the Soil News #873 (Feature photo – Pubic Domain) It’s called the Giving Farm. One of the last remaining 8 acres of farmland in the sprawling Los Angeles region. The farm is owned by Westminster High School and is used to teach FFA students – Future Farmers of America. However, the farm has a vision beyond commercial food production – feeding the underserved in their community. The food from the farm, managed and cared for by the FFA students, is donated to the local food bank. The food bank in turn distributes the food to a network of 375 partners (non-profits that have some form of food distribution service…

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Future of Farming?

Touch the Soil News #403 Farm numbers tell a story. The USDA provides revealing numbers: 80 percent of the farms (1,654,000 farms) have sales of less than $100,000. Considering expenses, their production and income are nominal. 12 percent of the farms (248,000) have sales between $100,000 and $500,000. 8 percent of farms have sales over $500,000. Most of the nation’s agricultural production comes from farms with sales over $500,000. This means the largest portion of the food produced in America is done by only 165,000 farmers and their employees. Back in 1935, the peak year for farms, America had 7 million farms. (See Info Graphic #1 below) The public at…

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