"Learning and working with the land is something anyone can do, and it's something that no one should be separated from," says Calixta Killander, garden manager at The Farm in Candler.

Who are the new farmers?

From the rancher with the cowboy hat and lasso to the grower on the tractor gazing out over the cornfield, our idea of a farmer is most often of a male — specifically an older, white male. In many ways, statistically speaking, that image isn’t wrong — but it may be changing. Diversity in agriculture is growing in WNC. Who are these new farmers? What challenges are they facing? And what new perspectives will they bring to agriculture in WNC?