The Romance of Farming
by Elizabeth J. Cockey & Barton M. Cockey
Release Date: June 2010
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An illustrated story about the restoration of farming in upstate New York. It tells about the demise of the dairy industry over the last three decades, and eventually a renewal of farming by those who chose to reclaim the land through alternative and sustainable approaches.
This is an over-sized book much like children's picture books. It is even beautifully illustrated. But make no mistake. The words are plentiful and the type is small. They've packed a lot of information into this book. Part travelogue, part warning, part encouragement.
We've heard of farmer's markets and may have been to one. We may even have a favorite road side stall that we go to. Here we get to meet the people, hear their stories, and in some cases, see their homes. I'm totally ready to move just so I can buy Don's chickens!
This was a delightful glimpse into the lives and land of the small farmer in Upstate New York.
About the Authors
Elizabeth and Barton Cockey live in Baltimore, Maryland, but are better known in upstate New York for their work writing and illustrating local history and the farming community. While in Baltimore they enjoy antiquing, gardening, local history, and plein-air painting. Barton is a diagnostic radiologist for the Advanced Radiology group at Greater Baltimore county Medical Center. He has authored two other books: Upstate New York: Towns That We Love and Baltimore County: Historical Reflections and Favorite Scenes. Elizabeth is an art therapist who is an illustrator and designer. She works for the Good Samaritan Nursing Center and holds degrees in art and psychology, as well as a master's degree in art therapy.
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