Thursday, December 12, 2013
Farming was, still is and hopefully will remain a vital part of the Maine economy for the forseeable future. Old farms always catch my eye when I drive through the countryside. The sometimes massive farmhouses and hundreds of acres of freshly plowed fields tell a story. Perhaps it's because my grandfather, who passed away last fall at the age of 92, was a hard-working Aroostook County potato farmer - but I think the appreciation of working with your hands and valuing hard work has been passed through the generations and deserves respect.
It's with open eyes that I stopped to photograph this Farmington farm. Built in 1778, this farm still provides crops to local towns after 228 years. The rustic barnfront is attention grabbing. Goats roam the pasture, adding to its character. Misaligned barn windows increase the allure. The property provides a flashback to how life looked so long ago - narrow dirt roads lined with ruts of carriage horses, expansive forests and undeveloped towns. The peace and quiet that went along with that is worth rememberance.
Here are a few photos:
Rhon Bell, an outdoor enthusiast, spends his time exploring the Maine Woods and documenting his journeys.
Growing up in Aroostook County, he embraced the outdoor lifestyle at a young age. Living today near Portland, he spends weekends and week-long adventures hiking New England summits, canoeing the historic Maine waterways, and ice fishing for lake trout.
Follow the journey as Window to the Woods discovers new destinations, and check out his other blog, Backwoods Plaid.