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Letter: Keep farms going


Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Keep farms going

It seems that the support local or buy local term has become commonplace or has become a cliché, but now more than ever it’s vital to the sustainability and continuation of the way of life we enjoy here in New Hampshire.

One of the reasons so many are attracted to this state is the rural character it possesses. Once a state or region becomes suburban, it never returns to quiet rural. If we want that to continue, we must be serious about supporting agriculture in our communities.

Farms, especially dairy farms, are vital to that continuation of open space. We cannot continue to allow these local food producers to shut down.

I can think of at least a dozen dairy farms in New Hampshire alone that went out of business in the last 10 years, and that’s not including the 19 that shut their doors just last year largely due to the drought. Farming can definitely be a satisfying way of life, but it sure helps when you get paid for all the work.

So we need to take proactive steps to ensure our agricultural community, and thus our open space, continues for future generations. We must keep the demand strong.

Stock up on dairy products, stop at the farm stands and show your support. Teach the next generation that farming is cool. Show them what it takes to make a beautiful field and that they’re not made to build houses on but to feed cows. We must do our part and pass this on.

WILLIE MATRAS

Pittsfield