Last Saturday, on yet another frigid and snow-swept day, some 20 people gathered to talk about the future fate of their farmland. As introductions were made, it became clear that every person’s family farmland situation was different, and many were complex.
Yet a common undercurrent ran beneath each story and flowed out of each voice: caring for something greater than us, something that will outlive us, and if cared for, something that will sustain many more generations.
Noting that neither of his children will be returning to the family farm, one farmer said he's now "transcending self," looking at options, and planning for what will be best for the land he knows and loves. Like the others in the room, he was facing facts: