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Across China: College graduate leaves city firm for farm

Thirty-three-year-old Yan is a trailblazer in Chinese agriculture and opened her farm, Shared Harvest, in 2012 [Katrina Yu/Al Jazeera]

His home province of Anhui registered 77,000 family farms in 2017. Of the 1,298 model family farms selected by the provincial agricultural bureau, more than 170 have been set up by college graduates returning to their hometowns.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
Xinhua|
2018-04-30

Excerpt:

Like many parents in rural China, the senior Lin considered college education an opportunity for his boy to break away from laborious physical work, and for the family to have something to be proud of.

Yet the son beat his father’s expectations again by pursuing a career in farming in his hometown.

He started a family farm in his village. By persuading villagers to lease their unused plots of land, Lin amassed 900 Mu (60 hectares), on which he used agricultural machinery to boost efficiency.

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Beauty in the Hood – Urban Roots cultivates farming in Springfield, MO

Melissa Young-Millsap converted a run-down lot into a farming oasis. See Photo Gallery: Urban Roots Farm

Urban Roots Farm grows 114 vegetable varieties year-round.

By Christine Temple
SBJ
April 30, 2018

The 1.7-acre lot in West Central that houses Urban Roots Farm LLC was once a neighborhood dumping ground.

“It was a completely blighted piece of property,” says owner Melissa Young-Millsap. “There were couches and mattresses and broke-down appliances – there was drug abuse and prostitution.”

Beyond the mess, Young-Millsap saw possibility.

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