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Young, idealistic farmers face same strains as elders

Mike O'Brien raises chickens, sells eggs and produces vegetables on his small farm located on Pearse Road in Niskayuna.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Mike O'Brien raises chickens, sells eggs and produces vegetables on his small farm located on Pearse Road in Niskayuna.
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Missy Streicher’s farm is a work in progress. When she and her husband purchased their Moreau-based farm three years ago, it was in foreclosure, and “not a livable house.” But today the property is home to a vegetable farm, more than 100 laying hens and a beef cow. The couple plans to build a greenhouse, and the number of families who belong to their CSA, or community-supported agriculture, is steadily increasing. CSA is model where ...


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