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OK, I have to admit something. I have a love for shoes. Well, OK, others say I have an obsession.

I like shoes. I can’t help it. Let’s face it. Your jeans size might increase as you age, but your shoe size… it usually stays the same. Or at least I’m hoping so because I have big feet: a ladies’ size 10!

I’ve always thought if you could combine shoes and agriculture in some way, I would be a very happy girl.

Then I found two men who have already done it.

Meet George Malkemus and Tony Yurgatis, president and vice president of the shoe brand, Manolo Blahnik.

Granted, I’ll probably never be able to afford a pair of these shoes. They can retail for as much as $800 a pair, but a girl can dream, right?

However, these two men are doing something original. The duo purchased a dairy farm that they were living across the street from in 1998.

Today, the farm milks over 400 cattle and produces ice cream in its own dairy.

The farm employs over 25 people and these two travel home on the weekends from New York City to work on their farm. These two are not the typical dairy farmers but who determines what is a typical dairy farmer anyway?

The men believe in giving back to their community and preserving farm land. Hmm, sounds like a farmer to me!

Anyway, here’s a link to the story CBS produced on the two men and their dairy business.

Hmm… Maybe there is a way I can combine my love of shoes and agriculture, after all!

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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