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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

chiknkoop Small-Scale Artisanal Agriculture? (509 comments)

Being born in Wisconsin in 1972, I witnessed the death of the very tail end of the small farmer era in America, or at least it felt like I did. However, over the past 10 years, I feel like I've also seen the rise of boutique-type agriculture which focuses on providing a limited quantity of very specific, artisan-quality crops raised using specific (often "Organic", "Sustainable" or "Perma-culture") methods. Instead of producing a certain number of tons or bushels of commodity crops to be sold to distributors, these farmers sell directly to specific customers, such as restaurants or CSA buyers. Buying these products are sort of a lifestyle choice, not a necessity/cost choice, so maybe it'll be durable in the face of ever-cheaper commodity foods - maybe. It's technically possible to make a good living growing food, however, marketing, CRM and really good order fulfillment now are just as important as the actual digging in the dirt. If nothing else, your kid might be better prepared for a post-apocalyptic/retro-subsistence economy! ;-) @chiknkoop

about 3 months ago
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Kerry Says US Is On the "Right Side of History" When It Comes To Online Freedom

chiknkoop History is nice, but... (261 comments)

With domestic spying, and the allowing of things like the Comcast-Netflix deal, what side are we on for the future?

about 6 months ago

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