Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The Music's Over, Turn Out the Lights

Well, it's been just over three years since I started The Ocean State Blogger and now it's time to say goodbye. I've simply expanded my personal "blogprint" too thin. Between my Rhode Island political musings at Anchor Rising and my history-related stuff at Spinning Clio, there just isn't much else that I care to blog about. Sure, I could keep posting other people's stuff with minimal commentary, but that's kind of pointless, really. So, it's time to pack it up. I'll keep the site up, but active posting is done. Thanks for the (occasional) comments and feedback and please come visit me at the aforementioned blogs. Bonjour!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Rhode Island's vanishing farms

Mark Patinkin writes about one of the few farms left in Rhode Island:

It's early enough that Route 95 is still uncrowded. The drivers I pass seem mostly to be commuters, dressed for the office. It's that kind of state, but on this one morning, I'm looking for a different part of Rhode Island.

I continue south, leaving the city's sprawl behind. At last, I turn off Exit 2, and less than a mile into the countryside of Hopkinton, I see the sign for Brook Knoll Farm.

I had recently learned there are fewer dairy farms in Rhode Island than any other state. Thirty years ago, there were hundreds. Now, there are only 18. I decided to pick one of them.

I arrive a few minutes before 7 a.m., and inside the gray shingled barn, George Reynolds has already been working for an hour.

George Reynolds and his sister Dot run the farm, which pays for itself and nothing more. As George says, "The younger generation doesn't want to work these kind of hours."