Listening for Maine's Final Moo: Dairy Farming in Vacationland
Dairy farming is a dwindling business for Maine residents, with larger farms taking over the demand. The loss of farms ultimately means a loss in rural landscape, something many Americans, including George Smith, consider evocative of the state:
At one time, 75 percent of the 25,000 acres in my town of Mount Vernon was cleared land. Today, we're down to 700 cleared acres -- much of which is maintained by our last dairy farmer, Dick Hall.
Dick's mother Mildred once told me, "You have to be stupid to be a farmer," and Dick added, "or crazy."
I thought their comments were amusing at the time. Now they are coming true.