The Face of Farming
Kathleen Buckalew spent parts of the past six years canvassing the state interviewing and photographing local farmers. Some of these folks still make their living off the land while others have passed on. But one fact is evident as we enjoy these portraits: The disappearing faces of Delaware farming will always be with us thanks to Buckalew’s dedication and talent.
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Woodside, Christmas trees
“There’s something I like about every season here. I never get tired of Christmas, I never get bored, there’s always something different. Lots of people come here for the trees, and the Christmas shop, so I am always trying to think of something new that I can offer them. I never really thought of myself as a farmer until after my mother died. That’s when I took more of an active role here. Before that, I would just help her out when she needed it. Whenever I drive the tractor through the fields, I can still hear her saying, ‘I feel closest to God when I am in a Christmas tree field.’”
Milford, miniature horses
“I think farming and raising animals is a passion and a love of the land and animals. It’s kind of a respect for the land and the living. I think the American Indian had a lot of the right ideas: they respected the land, they respected the animals, they only took what they needed, there was no greed. I’m very close to my animals and feel that is why I was put here: to take care of them. I get really emotional when I talk about it. I think you’re born with this, it’s just a passion for what you do. I feel like I have a psychic connection with some of my horses.”
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