Young people love farming

Young people love farming

In ninth position among the preferred professions, by young people between 17 and 30 years of age, is grape growing, with 17 % of preferences. Cultivating the land becomes trendy

by Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Fattoria del Colle, Toscana

Fattoria del Colle young people and farming

The survey

In Klaus Davi’s ranking there are three professions that are more creative (stylist 41%, eye-wear designer 36%, and interior decorator 27%) and three handicraft jobs: tailor, Goldsmith and shoe menders, as well as project manager. Very different choices with regards to the usual 9-5 office job, profession aimed at by the majority of young Italians up until 20 years ago.

Therefore, today these choices do seem influenced by the convincement in our Made In Italy, in terms of quality and in the possibility that this creates stability and earnings.

A good consideration, but this might also underestimate the difficulty of creative handicraft professions that require years of preparation as well as youngsters having to be artistically gifted, and these things are not common

Young people and nature

The comparison between the young people’s enthusiasm and the data shared by CNA and Confartigianato regarding small enterprises that are in difficulty jumps to the eye, and emphasizes the difference between truth and dreams of the news generations. But maybe it is the necessity to have jobs with more flexible hours, more possibility to express one’s own personality and of course the rapport with nature that are more widespread than we think.

Fattoria del Colle young people in farming

 

At the beginning of September at the Fiera del Levante organized by Coldiretti it was emphasized that <<among the 30,000 young people under 40 years of age that in 2016-2017 have in Italy presented application opening a farming activity, according to the Piani di Sviluppo Rurale dell’Unione Europea, 61% is concentrated in the South of Italy and the isles>> it seems that 18 thousand young people in the south see farming as a job opportunity and self-realization.

The widespread phenomenon

This  I though not only an Italian phenomenon, rediscovering “the cultivation of food” and the cultural value of farming is a worldwide phenomenon << the destiny of nations depends on the manner in which they are fed>> says the vice-president of  Slow Food International Alice Waters quoting Brillat Savarin. For Mrs Waters <<the way you eat shows how you live … consequently if you ask a child to grow a vegetable then he will want to eat it>> and so the “Farm in table” movement is born, and this seems to be the origin of the enthusiasm of young Italians towards nature.

A re-evaluation of the farming world that warms the heart and requires commitment, but apparently the younger generation knows what to do: according to Nomisma in Italy farms managed by youngsters under 35 have a superior performance than average: 20 hectares of surface area and roughly 100.000€ of revenue per year compared to a national average of 45.000€.

However farming is the best profession in the world but it must be taken seriously. It is not a game where intuition is sufficient.

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