The New Farmers
Hopefully things won't always be that hard. "In ten years I'd like to be on a permanent farm," says Fidler, "one that's new from the ground up, just buy the land and build the house, the barns, and the infrastructure. We could sustain on twenty acres. We want to be comfortable, but we don't want to be the next Smithfield. We don't want to compromise the integrity of the product.
"Farming is a way of life, and we love it," Fidler concludes. "We wouldn't do it if we didn't. And we plan on passing it on to our kids someday."
Cathy King knows just what he means. She and her late husband, Ken, left Indian Summer, a vegetarian restaurant on State Street, to start Frog Holler Farm in 1972. "We were idealistic and reading about other folks simplifying their lives," she recalls by email. "We were young and it was fun, and I'm sure we were supported psychically by the mood of the sixties and early seventies that we had both embraced."