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Young Oregon Farmer-Foodies Read Karl Marx, Are Poor

If you were to believe this piece in the New York Times, "many" (meaning more than four?) young farmers in Oregon "shun industrial, mechanized farming and list punk rock, Karl Marx and the food journalist Michael Pollan as their influences."

One couple cited in the story, while admirable, are sort of having a tough go of it: "Last year, their garlic crop rotted in the ground." The Communist Manifesto or The Omnivore's Dilemma, while perhaps seminal texts, are not necessarily practical sources of farming advice.

Or personal finance advice, either: "Mr. Broadie, 36, is unable to repay his student loans. They do not have health insurance, or know when they will be able to afford to buy land."

And in what is a true Portlandia moment, the Times — in all its earnestness (or ignorance) — fails to mention the show's most blogged about scene while quoting the young farmers in question: "We had a couple who came down from Portland and asked if they could collect their own eggs."

It does appear that they do throw kick-ass dinner parties, which sort of makes up for it?

· In New Food Culture, a Young Generation of Farmers Emerges [NYT]
· Portlandia Skewers Farm-to-Table Fanatics [-EN-]

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