This thread has been very enjoyable so far- phenomenal insights and caring. Thank you guys.
I'm a late millennial, I guess, from 1999, and a recent homeschool highschool graduate. This spring my market garden is beginning it's second season, and I plan to install more swalework and help my dad with some orchard guilds on the homeplace this year as well.
Land acquisition has also been a problem for me- currently I am trading produce as rent for about a half acre from a family friend who had an empty barnyard. I highly recommend this arrangement, provided the landholder is someone you trust very well, or maybe if you have a strong contract (My family borrowed 3-ish acres for a family garden and got burned pretty bad).
I wholeheartedly agree that working with an older farmer is a great idea. I partnered with an older certified natural farmer around here last year- the thing that stands out to me the most is the incredible knowledge bank he is at about 65 years old, with no signs of slowing down on the farm yet :)
Like Y'all said, networking can be hard for us, and yes, most of my homeschool group buddies are planning to be computer developers, soldiers, anything but a farmer. I am blessed to have a supportive family. My parents grew up with gardens and stock, then entered the rat race, coming out of it when I was 16. Even so, we always had a garden, and sometimes chickens. I found out about permaculture only recently, but very quickly identified it as my "field of work" and a big passion.
Once again, Thank you.