These aren't grandpa's farms: Meet the new faces of ag

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 Posted 5/11/2009 3:46:06 AM
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5/11/2009 12:00:00 AM

Let's discuss 'These aren't grandpa's farms: Meet the new faces of ag'.

If the phrase "Elkhart County farmer" conjures up a mental image, it probably doesn't look like Ben Hartman. You won't find Hartman on a tractor or combine or walking through a large dairy barn. Instead, you could find him on your doorstep with fresh vegetables every week.

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 Posted 5/13/2009 4:00:51 AM
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Great article!

Over two years ago I spoke on the record on how the future of Elkhart County is agriculture.   Therefore we need to try to control commercial sprawl and redevelop urban zones.

While there is some support for this plan, there is so much we can do to help save our precious farmland.  We are just blessed with fantastic water in Elkhart, we have a huge aquifer under our county - one of the largest in the country and so much easy water. 

We should visualize our strengths and use them to improve our economy and save these important resources.  Empty shopping centers do us no good and zoning is so important!

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