Floyd Davis, owner of Red Basket Farm, shows off some of the lettuce he is growing in his high tunnels.

Some say ink runs through the veins of journalists and once you get bit, you are hooked on telling stories.

I have to say I’m hooked. I love to tell stories about people, their lives and the farm that keeps them going.

I have come to the conclusion farming is similar to journalism, except it is the soil and grit that runs through the veins of farmers.

Even if they are livestock producers, it is still the soil because they are depending on it to help produce quality livestock.

What made me think of this was an email this week and an interview for a vegetable producer in early June.

The email was from Randy Metz, a man Farm and Dairy Columnist Judy Sutherland has been writing about, and his desire to get back to a farm. Due to a family situation, Metz has been displaced from the family farm and now that he has children he is trying to get back to the farm life.

Northeastern Ohio vegetable grower Floyd Davis has had a similar experience. He paid for college the hard way: farming. He told me he had a hay route where he would bale hay through the summer and then deliver the hay to mainly horse owners to pay his tuition. Davis thought that once he graduated from college, he was done with farming.

But something in the ground called him back. It took him several years, but his heart was in the soil, and he eventually bought a farm in Kinsman and went to work planting vegetables.

Within several years, he had a booming vegetable business. Eventually, he left his off-the-farm employment and now concentrates on growing vegetables in his high tunnels and greenhouses.

The point I’m trying to make is that some families and individuals become detached from the farm sometime during their lifetime.

I’ve often wondered what I would do if I wasn’t attached. It took me awhile but as an adult I can’t imagine not having something to do with farming.

Some never become reattached. And that’s OK, too. They still carry something from their farm roots, whether it’s ethics, the willingness to work hard or a love for animals, it’s still tied to the farm life.

Others, like Davis and Metz, they just can’t get the soil out of their blood and come full circle.

Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses with her husband, Kurt. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism.
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