AMESBURY — Ally Scholtz loves farming so much she can’t imagine doing anything else. She imagines the dream farm she will run one day: “It will be very community oriented, donating food to soup kitchens and food pantries. I’m going to sell to local restaurants and get kids to intern on the farm.”
It may be a while, though, before Scholtz realizes those dreams. The Cider Hill Farm intern has to get through high school. She is 14.
Scholtz is one of a generation of young people, in their teens and 20s, who are looking to agriculture as a career, and already know what they want. Kickstarting their choices are farm internships, academic training, and networks taht help young farmers connect with each other.