Cheese Makers, Rock Stars

The New York Times reports a microtrend of fresh-out-of-college hipsters choosing organic farming in upstate New York over slumming around in Williamsburg:

Steeped in years of talk around college campuses and in stylish urban enclaves about the evils of factory farms (see the E. coli spinach outbreaks), the perils of relying on petroleum to deliver food over long distances (see global warming) and the beauty of greenmarkets (see the four-times-weekly locavore cornucopia in Union Square), some young urbanites are starting to put their muscles where their pro-environment, antiglobalization mouths are. They are creating small-scale farms near urban areas hungry for quality produce and willing to pay a premium.

Owen O’Connor, 22 (pictured above, right), a Wesleyan dropout, is mentioned as the namer and cofounder of the sheep- and chicken-raising venture Awesome Farm.

22 thoughts on “Cheese Makers, Rock Stars

  1. Anonymous

    owen is awesome and wes was very much the place for him, at least i think, except that graduating with a major in whatever clearly isnt really what he needs in life when he wants to work at a farm. dropping out of a school doesnt mean he didnt have fun and learn stuff while he was here, it maybe just means he didnt want to spend his entire life until the age of 22 reading books and writing papers. also did anyone see owen/this picture on Stuff White People Like?

  2. Anonymous

    owen is awesome and wes was very much the place for him, at least i think, except that graduating with a major in whatever clearly isnt really what he needs in life when he wants to work at a farm. dropping out of a school doesnt mean he didnt have fun and learn stuff while he was here, it maybe just means he didnt want to spend his entire life until the age of 22 reading books and writing papers. also did anyone see owen/this picture on Stuff White People Like?

  3. Anonymous

    owen is awesome and wes was very much the place for him, at least i think, except that graduating with a major in whatever clearly isnt really what he needs in life when he wants to work at a farm. dropping out of a school doesnt mean he didnt have fun and learn stuff while he was here, it maybe just means he didnt want to spend his entire life until the age of 22 reading books and writing papers. also did anyone see owen/this picture on Stuff White People Like?

  4. Anonymous

    owen is awesome and wes was very much the place for him, at least i think, except that graduating with a major in whatever clearly isnt really what he needs in life when he wants to work at a farm. dropping out of a school doesnt mean he didnt have fun and learn stuff while he was here, it maybe just means he didnt want to spend his entire life until the age of 22 reading books and writing papers.

    also did anyone see owen/this picture on Stuff White People Like?

  5. S.B. Werb

    I do believe that since this is not affiliated with the administration it doesn’t matter. And he did attend, maybe Wes just wasn’t the place for him

  6. S.B. Werb

    I do believe that since this is not affiliated with the administration it doesn’t matter. And he did attend, maybe Wes just wasn’t the place for him

  7. S.B. Werb

    I do believe that since this is not affiliated with the administration it doesn’t matter. And he did attend, maybe Wes just wasn’t the place for him

  8. S.B. Werb

    I do believe that since this is not affiliated with the administration it doesn’t matter. And he did attend, maybe Wes just wasn’t the place for him

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