Letter: Family farms

A radio news report bemoans the sharp decrease in high-quality, in-depth news coverage on local levels. With this in mind, I read a magnificent story in The Recorder, “On the Trail to Eden” (April 26). Richie Davis skillfully tells the story of two local farm families in an account filled with factual detail, human drama, humor and grace. Kudos to Davis, and to the talented Paul Franz for gorgeous photographs. The Duprey families of Leyden deserve recognition for their dedication and true grit. Farming is not for sissies, that’s for sure. Many times since 1983, when my family lost our dairy farm in Quebec, I’ve reflected on a quote from Cesar Chavez: “What a terrible wrong it is that the very people who harvest the food we eat do not have enough for their own children.” I’m grateful to live in a community that celebrates farming and the people who keep this vital art alive. I’m lucky to subscribe to a newspaper that covers these vital topics. I’m inspired by the Duprey families and both their farms, Leyden Glen Farm and Sunbrite Farm. Their stories, which brought me both tears and eruptions of laughter, should be known by every resident of our region. Long live family farms!



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