Leaving the Farm: Overcoming Culture Shock and Welcoming Change

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Opinion

It’s a change many will confront but few will talk about — leaving the farm. Walking away from the farm is so much more than leaving home. It’s leaving a lifestyle, a community, an irrevocable bond with the land, and the animals. For some, it’s just the next step on a long journey, for others, it’s absolutely heart-wrenching. Susan Blair went through the start of incredible changes when she sought off-farm income in 1990, just seven years after purchasing her own land. It was a change initiated by world trade wars, high interest rates and drought. Today, Blair is the executive director…

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