Going Back in Time: Why some young workers are leaving their office jobs to work on farms: “This is how I want my life to go”

James Marriott leaves for work before sunrise. His commute starts on Boston’s crowded streets and ends at Drumlin Farm.

With degrees in neuroscience and global health, the 24-year-old has recently taken a new job in farming. It’s a much different skill set, far from the lab of a biotech company where he used to work developing vaccines.

“This was, you know, a very intentional decision, not something like I was ‘I don’t know what to do, let me just go work on a farm.’ This is how I want my life to go,” Marriott told CBS News’ Janet Shamlian.

He is not alone. Sean Moriarty left his job as a copywriter to harvest crops, and physical therapist Cat Steckbeck traded days inside a hospital for bucolic, green acres.

Almost all of these 20-somethings not just jobs but in many cases quit careers as the COVID pandemic took hold.

“It was a, believe it or not, a very stressful time. For me, it was just not the right setting and I think COVID certainly sped up the feelings of burnout,” Steckbeck said.

Crops manager Matt Celona said he’s not surprised by the applicants now looking for work on the farm.

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Source: CBS