I was listening to the morning news and was very happy and surprised to hear the following:
According to the federal government's 2007 Census of Agriculture - there were 33,112 farms in New England in 2007. In 2002 there were 28, 254. The Department of Agriculture does this Census every five years. I thought at the time that this Census was a pain in the butt. I still do and I filled it out reluctantly but it does have a purpose obviously.
Much to my surprise, MAINE has more farms - 8,136 than any other New England State. Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island are all considered part of the New England States. Every state showed an increase in the number of farms between 2002 and 2007.
Farm acreage was up as well. New England farms totaled more than 4 million acres in 2007 which is an increase of 50,000 acres from 2002.
Personally, I think this is awesome information. I hope the number of farms continues to grow. I'll always do all I can to help anyone who is just starting out. It's a good life and we eat good too!
Find information for your state here : http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/