Hand mowing contests are returning to Yankee country fairs. Even the Wall Street Journal recently noted the Scything revival.
The second story is from the New York Times and discusses some the the economics of the growing small farm movement. Apparently among other things, cheap migrant labor is not as plentiful as it once was, and produce from small family worked plots may become more price competitive. If this trend continues, my expectation is that large corporate agribusiness will respond by lobbying for more regulations on farmers markets and the small growers (all in the name of "food safety").
For now though, I am just encouraged.