He tells a story about Harris Creek, a small stream along which he had trapped for many years.
If the United States keeps losing farms at this rate there may not be enough food produced to support the United States. Each morning, millions of Americans start their engines and grind their way to work.
It is as though time has stopped: knives are sharpened and laid out on a cloth; a tidy desk holds records and hand-kept books; rubber stamps are hung just-so, depicting each cut of meat.
But just before we visit, on the same day that Jo celebrated her 39th anniversary on the property, her well failed for the first time in its history.I was a very forgetful child and still am today, but I will never forget the longest part of the journey always being the length of the driveway upon arrival, and the anticipation that built as we bumped along the gravel path. A further indication of the quality of the farming here in the 40s and 50s is that the Soil Conservation Service was more successful during those years than it would or could be again in the promotion of plowing and terracing on the contour to control soil erosion. The condition of the crop of course is of concern and is observed, but not the condition of the land. In the vast, relatively flat acreage of the Midwest now given over exclusively to the production of corn and soybeans, the number of farmers is lower than it has ever been. When we returned home each year, for it was an annual pilgrimage to this land of our beginnings, the clock reset, and the time in-between that visit and our next sprinkled a fresh layer of allure over the farm to again be shrouded in mystery, though physically untouched, all over again. Without such involvement, farmers cease to be country people and become in effect city people, industrial workers and consumers, living in the country. The willows still live as usual along other streams in the area, and they thrive along the shore of the Ohio River just above the mouth of the Kentucky at Carrollton. Farmland, meanwhile, is used variously in reference to all agricultural land, to all cultivable land, or just to the newly restricted sense of "arable land". They are not alone in their commute though - the entire rest of the subdivision is doing the exact same thing, day in and day out. Now the last of the habituated fishermen of the local waters are now dead. California is in the midst of a water crisis.
These small generational farms were known for molding very capable, independent families that were known for their morality, strong character, and high work-ethic. Between work, studies and other life events I have searched for local options to feed myself.
We were explorers and it was our New World.