A chicken is not an accessory

An interesting NYT article on a new generation of young, idealistic farmers. But the accompanying photo is over the top:

Nobody I know works around their barnyard in nice leather jackets, and a chicken is not an accessory. Nothing against the folks that are the subject of the article, but to me it looks like the paper sent the style page photographer, who was more interested in catering to the frustrated fantasies of NYC hipsters than in making an accurate portrayal of small farming today. The article was short on practical detail, too – what are they growing, on how many acres, and can they net enough to live on?


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