Is Farming the New Rock and Roll?
Published: Wednesday, 24 August 2016 22:48
I was prompted to ask this question after meeting some start-up farmers in Massachusetts. They are interesting and unexpected entrants into a profession we are often told has a gloomy future: from a rock promoter to a Harvard educated bio-physicist.
Like other developed countries and the rest of the US, Massachusetts has a large number of farmers over the age of 65 with no identified inheritors. For 30 years, the number of entrants into farming was on the slide. However, over the last decade that has begun to change. It seems, farming is becoming cool again.
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A Walk on the Beach after the US Election
Published: Saturday, 28 November 2015 17:31
Photo: Rob Bruce
Nov 28, 2016.
Like many people we got out of town soon after the election, seeking the balm of nature. We headed for Cape Cod, to take a walk on the beach.
Friends Rory and Mary from the UK were with us - they were in Washington eight years ago the night Obama won and wanted to be here again to usher in history. The polls were in tune; taking our cue from the media we were confident of another victory for the Democrats.
The night of the vote, we had arranged to meet in the Fairmount Hotel in the centre of Boston where the Mass Dems were holding an eve of poll reception. As soon as I walked in, around 8.30pm, I could tell something was wrong. The others were slumped in chairs in the lobby, looking as if someone had hit them over the head with a copy of “Stronger Together’, Hillary Clinton’s hefty book. ‘What’s the matter?’, I asked. “Florida,” they answered grimly.
The atmosphere in the hall was sinking fast. Media types on stages in the centre were hooked onto phones and staring at screens with disbelieving faces. Some women in party hats who were clearly ready to welcome a female president looked close to tears.
TV journalist Charlie Rose is in the left-hand corner.
TVs on the walls were showing the up and downs of the count. It reminded us all very much of Brexit. Occasionally Clinton’s pile of chips would outpace Trumps but then his would grow again.
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