Are organic foodies the future of gardening?



Stop by Future House Farm to see Meg’s account of attending a talk by Michael Pollan, who was promoting his new

book In Defense of Food.  Meg gives a nice summary of the talk and gets worked up in the process (wouldn’t we all?) but what’s most relevant to our continuing discussion of the Future of Gardening is the audience.

Not only were people lined up 2 hours early to get seats, but Meg estimates that at least 75 percent of the attendees (700, full house) were 35 years old and younger, most of them "urban hippies".   

There’s hope yet.

Photo of Meg and Kelly with Pollan from Future House  Farm, used with permission.


  1. I met these urban hippies in Detroit–back to the land types who are doing their farming on vacant lots in a shrinking city. So they get to be farmers–and also get to live in cool neighborhoods full of painters and musicians and immigrants and good Mexican restaurants.

    Not a bad life. And possibly the future of many sad American cities.

  2. sigh, now I’m no longer under 35, but I still don’t see anyone, my age (40) and younger gardening. Heaven forbid you put vegetables in! I walk around our neighbourhoods and really only see 2 or three people with any food in their gardens, that’s out of hundreds. It’s so sad.

  3. Michele, it sounds like Detroit has a pretty active population of gardeners! We’ve recently become interested in finding out how exactly one goes about turning an abandoned city lot into a garden, and we’ve come across some very cool organizations. It’s something that we’re really thinking about getting involved with.

    Lisa, that’s interesting. I wonder if location has anything to do with it–like, are young people more likely to garden if they see other young people gardening? I feel like our circle of friends has become a bit more green in recent years, and one of Kelly’s friends actually asked him for vegetable variety recommendations not long ago. Now, are these changes because of the cultural shift towards “green” stuff, or because they see us doing it, or am I just noticing it now because I’m looking for it? Hmmm …

    One thing I have noticed for sure is that certain farmers’ markets and co-op type stores seem to attract a much younger client base than others. The market near where I grew up is mostly old ladies shopping for cabbages, but we have been to a few markets near us in the past year that are really hip–musicians, young vendors, fancy coffee–and you see a lot more young families at those.

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