"Our rock stars are ricotta cheese makers."

An article out of the New York Times today describes a trend among young people in New York City to try their hand at running a small farm. They are graduating from elite east coast colleges and becoming farmers. The choice quote comes from someone describing the organic sub-culture;

“Having a cool cheese in your fridge has taken the place of knowing what the cool band is, or even of playing in that band,” she said. “Our rock stars are ricotta makers.”

The article comments on a similar move in the 1960's of young people choosing a simpler life, but they note that unlike then, today it is actually possible to make a decent living. All the farmers' markets and the high demand for organic, locally grown foods have created an economy that wasn't there even 5 years ago.

Here's another article in todays Times about turning your urban backyard into an orchard.