Farm and ranching in California has grown increasingly popular, with more and more Americans choosing to make the leap to the land and move back home to build their own small business.
But for many, the transition to a bigger farm or ranching operation can be daunting, and often a difficult and expensive one.
Here’s how you can help local farm and ranchers cover their costs while raising their family.
The most popular way to help is by buying a home in the state of California.
It’s estimated that in the past 30 years, the number of people moving back to the state from other states for work has nearly doubled, with roughly 1.6 million people moving there between 2007 and 2019 alone.
The number of Americans moving back from other parts of the country for work also has risen, according to the Census Bureau.
There are currently about 2.6 billion people living in the United States, and more than 2.8 million of them are working full time, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
But in the last 10 years, there has been a massive surge in the number who have returned home to farm or work.
More than 60 percent of the population who have been to work in the country in the previous decade has been living in California, according a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In 2018, nearly 8 million Americans who were living in farms and ranches in California had their income fall below the federal poverty level, or about $25,847 a year.
The median income for farm workers fell to $44,933 in 2018, down $1,100 from a decade earlier.
But the numbers don’t end there.
According to the latest census figures, more than half of the workers who moved to California in the decade 2000-2011 were not in agriculture, and a third were working in a food service industry, according Topps-AAP.
The majority of these workers have either moved back to farms or ranches because of their jobs.
Many of these people who returned to California were able to start their own businesses in the industry, or they worked as managers or salespeople.
Some people worked in agriculture as contractors, and others were self-employed.
A recent study by The Economic Policy Institute found that in 2017, about 40 percent of all farm workers who returned from California to their families were in agriculture and the food service industries.
But that is not all.
The report also found that, over the same period, about 8 percent of farm workers were in manufacturing and the hospitality, retail, and restaurant industries.