Friday, May 27, 2011

Farmer Hero Friday: Kenneth Barber from Ithaca, NY

MattThis edition of Farmer Hero Friday is an interview we did in 2007 with Kenneth Barber of Stone Arch Farm northwest of Ithaca, New York. The farm produces grapes, peaches, cherries, pastured-raised chickens and eggs, and includes an on-farm bakery, a woodshop, and much more.

Kenneth Barber

Q: Back on the farm, what’s an average day like?

A: There’s never an average day on the farm. Every day is different. But of course we have our rural community here, too. We have local heroes you’ll never see on the sports page or on the national news. But they’ve pulled people up the ladder with them by sharing ideas. Nowadays, some people get up to the top of the ladder and then kick the ladder away.

Like in most places, we’re losing farmers, and when you lose numbers of farmers, you also lose your infrastructure, your parts dealers, etc. Today, to get parts for my tractor, it’s a full day’s trip. When the farm community crumbles, your costs go up, and everyone loses.
Click here to read the rest of our interview with Kenneth.

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