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Young farmers network at potluck dinners

Jessyloo Rodrigues, a farming herbalist from Providence, eats a bowl of farmers’ pot luck foods (including, below, cabbage, carrots, wood sorrel)  in Dighton.
Jessyloo Rodrigues, a farming herbalist from Providence, eats a bowl of farmers’ pot luck foods (including, below, cabbage, carrots, wood sorrel) in Dighton.photos by gretchen ertl for the boston globe

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They came bearing babies in backpacks and tattoos on their shoulders and ankles, bearded and shod in Teva sandals, accompanied by a dog or two. They might have been headed for Burning Man or a hipster cafe in Brooklyn, N.Y. In fact, this was a gathering of young professionals. They are farmers, 2013 models. Unlike previous generations of farmers, many were not raised on farms. They struggle to succeed in a field that has high barriers to entry, long hours, and low pay. The farmers had come together on this evening to support each other and share a potluck supper at Buckle Farm in Dighton. The occasion was a Young Farmer Night, organized under the auspices of the Young Farmer Network.

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