Barbara Kingsolver has contributed the lead essay for Letters to a Young Farmer, an anthology that compiles insight from some of the most influential farmers, writers, and leaders in the local food movement.
According to The Stones Barn Center, which edited and released the book, the United States is on the cusp of the largest retirement of farmers in U.S. history, with more farmers over the age of 75 than between the ages of 35 and 44. Letters to a Young Farmer aims to help beginning farmers succeed through advice and encouragement while inspiring all who work in or care about the food system. Others among the 36 contributers to the book are Bill McKibben, Michael Pollan, Dan Barber, Temple Grandin, Wendell Berry, Rick Bayless, and Marion Nestle.
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a nonprofit sustainable agriculture organization with a mission to create a healthy and sustainable food system that benefits all. The organization trains farmers, educates food citizens, develops agroecological farming practices, and convenes changemakers through programs such as a Summer Institute for High School Students and a two-day Poultry School conference.