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I know this is not about writing, but I can’t help myself.

In the past, I’ve posted pieces about my daughter, Lynn, who has chosen farming as a career.  I’m proud of her for putting a work of love above the almighty dollar.

She’s been working at the Rodale farm, supporting St. Luke’s hospitals for a while now producing organically grown produce.  In the beginning, she provided 12 crops for three hospitals.  Now she is growing 30 crops for six facilities.  I recently visited her farm, directly across from one of the hospitals, and was impressed by the operation and the knowledge she has gained.  I walked among the fields, originally five acres but has grown by nine, not all used for farming.  She told me of things I never considered when it came to organic farming.  Like the fact that her fields required a buffer zone from nearby commercial fields to eliminate chemical applications, and how these zones depended on what the adjacent farm was growing.  Buffer zones near farms using tractors to spread chemicals require less of a buffer than crops that spread agents with airplanes.

My girl really loves her work and I see a productive future for her.  I hope you read at this article.

October 12, 2015 at 7:49 pm Leave a comment


My daughter, Lynn, had an article published about the farming in the Philadelphia Inquirer today.
Of course, I thought I’d share.



August 7, 2014 at 5:03 pm Leave a comment


  This piece is about my daughter, Lynn, and includes a video seen on WFMZ-TV (Channel 69) broadcasting from Allentown, PA. The video features Lynn explaining her work at a Rodale farm supplying produce to nearby St. Luke’s Hospital.

Lynn graduated from Pitt with a degree in urban studies, and during her stay in Pittsburgh – a city she fell in love with, became involved in urban farming, growing crops on vacant lots in the city. Since graduation she has had farming internships and graduated to field manager. The road of her farming career has been rocky with ups resulting in downs, but she persisted in her love for farming. Now she works for Rodale, a name synonymous with organic farming. My hope is that this stepping stone along the road of her farming life will prove productive and fruitful. From talking with her; I think it will.

Lynn is a millennial. The news is full of how rough it is for them to enter the life they were educated for and dreamed of. Many of their numbers must live at home, finding their future put on hold, not finding productive employment. But let us not forget that the future is built on the past, a past the millennial generation had no role in forming. We who, at times lacking patience and understanding for their plight, are the ones responsible for that past and the conditions that exist today. The millennial generation has inherited the world we, sometimes through greed, sometimes through incompetence, formed.

One side note, Lynn owns the tractor she’s seen starting, a veteran manufactured in the 1950s. Never thought we would have a tractor in the family.


Here’s the video.RODALE FARMING

July 26, 2014 at 8:11 pm 2 comments


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