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  •  I brought up graphic design (6+ / 0-)

    because it's the same 'brain wiring'. Basically he would be loading content and pictures onto websites and collateral for awhile, editing etc till he caught up.

    If 'urban agriculture' is really a life dream, move south or west. If no experience, work on a farm somewhere in a state struggling for workers in those areas...I hear Georgia needs 'em and the south in general is cheap.

    I know there are lots of apparent financial and emotional blocks to moving, but people have to do whatever it takes to support themselves. The idea of financial support for moving expenses away from depressed areas or areas that not longer support some specializations isn't popular but imo we need to revisit it.

    I see what you did there.

    by GoGoGoEverton on Sun May 05, 2013 at 09:42:35 AM PDT

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    •  I Don't Know About Life Dreams (17+ / 0-)

      But agricultural skills are marketable here in New York City, though I do not know to what degree:

      The focus is on growing low-impact, environmentally sustainable food products near population centers where they are consumed. It's a boutique industry, obviously, but there are businesses in this market and it looks like they have customers.

      Beyond this ...

      It's really easy to tell workers to move or to retrain for new job categories. The reality is that projected job growth for the next 20 years is all about job categories that pay low wages:

      The exceptions are technology and, I guess, "educational services," though given the fact that states have laid off hundreds of thousands of teachers since this BLS report was made ...

      Well, it makes that projection seem a bit unrealistic.

      We're told to "move on" or "retrain" -- but for what? The answer here appears to be that we should retrain to be home health aids, who make minimum wage, or less if employers can get away with it.

      "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

      by bink on Sun May 05, 2013 at 10:03:57 AM PDT

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      •  Desktop publishing is a retrain. (1+ / 0-)
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        And while wages are not at all where they should be, it's not all min wage out there either. There is a big, huge country out there. I do support retraining assistance and moving assistance.

        If you're a machinist in michigan though, there are a LOT of opportunities more south. Sure, they're not for the same wages as you're used to, but is it really worth not taking a job at $15hr plus OT opportunities because you were used to making $30 at a job that hasn't existed for 2 years? Or wait out the US's trend of median income dropping for the past 30 years?

        I see what you did there.

        by GoGoGoEverton on Sun May 05, 2013 at 10:28:47 AM PDT

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      •  I've dinged Gotham Greens a number of times. (1+ / 0-)
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        They are a medium walk from where I live. Sadly, I can't even get in the front door to survey their operation. Literally, they won't let me in.

        There's competition developing in the field, so I think they might worry about spies.

        But I'm still going, long-term, to get into that if at all possible.

        A friend in my business is looking at Occupational Therapy. If I can get a base and financial aid, I might look at that as well.

        Or 3D printing.

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        by Jim P on Sun May 05, 2013 at 02:39:42 PM PDT

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    •  Actually urban agriculture is in north as well (4+ / 0-)
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      including indoor hydroponic farming increasingly with LED lights.
      Fresh produce can be an issue in poorer urban neighborhoods so it is also an important movement. Fresh herbs and produce are welcome in most neighborhoods of course.
      It's a growing movement and there are jobs even in New York, just not many and not high paying jobs.
      It won't be an answer for next week but it is a wonderful more long term goal either as an employee or a start up business.

    •  He could work on a farm learning (5+ / 0-)
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      In exchange for room and board. Anywhere in the world.


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