A few Novembers ago, a Colby couple held an engagement party at an upscale Boston bar. While the other 20-somethings wore pricey heels and tailored suits, one guest arrived wearing Carhartt overalls and a John Deere cap, looking as if he'd just hopped down from a tractor. "I'm a farmer," said Ben Armiger '99, defending his get-up. "Farmers wear overalls."
Blue Heron Farm, where the 29-year-old lives and works, lies along Chesapeake Bay, far from the glittering cityscapes so many young college graduates today call home. Armiger chose a different path and heeded the age-old call to cultivate, to try making a living out of soil, water, and sunlight.
He isn't alone. From California to Maine, Colby grads are part of a growing network of young people trying to change the way America grows its food.