Nation’s Oldest Family Farm Up for Sale

August 4, 2010

Culture

Holy cow.

LITERALLY, hahahah!!!

:blink: OK I calm down now.

eww

This story at Boston.com is both tragic and befuddling. (I’d copy and paste a section of the news story, but I don’t want to get sued for doing so– so you’ll have to go see for yourself).

In a nutshell, a family in New Hampshire is selling the family farm. Not just an ordinary farm, mind you. The farm has been in the family since 1632! King Charles II (see footnote at end of this post) granted the land to John Tuttle. This was WAAAY back, back before John Wesley was born! Back when the King James Bible was still “hot off the presses”! The Tuttles have owned it ever since. 378 years.

Well, not for long.

Thanks to sky-high property taxes, a hostile business and farming climate brought on by greedy urban politicians, and Wally World stores, the family farm is going the way of the farthingale and ruff. The family says they can’t maintain the farm. They haven’t pulled a profit in three years, since the recession.

😯 Wait wait wait! What did they say?

Three years?!

Don’t get me wrong– this is a sad story and all… but they don’t make a profit for three years, and they’re ready to throw out 378 years of family history?! I know farmers who haven’t made profits in a lot longer than three years, and they are still persisting. SHAME on the governments for making it so hard for our farmers (and us!). But three years?! Maybe there’s a lot more to the story than the news article says… ?

Nonetheless, it’s sad. Our nation has strayed so far from its moorings that we can’t even keep our own farmers in the black. I don’t know about you, but I have been very unhappy that all our manufacturing has gone to China. Now our food industry is headed there?! Lord, help us.

Hat tip Northview Diary.

P.S. I looked up the “news headlines” for all the exciting stuff that happened in 1632, and here’s what I found:

  • Galileo’s book “Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems” is published. Yes, THAT Galileo. :blink:
  • King of Sweden, Gustavus Adolphus, defeats the Holy Roman Empire. This meant that Sweden and Northern Europe were free to practice Biblical Christianity (after the Protestant Reformation) and not be forced to practice Catholicism or to be burned at the stake for their beliefs.
  • Charles I of England issues a charter for the colony of Maryland, under the control of Lord Baltimore.
  • Born this year: Johannes Vermeer, Dutch painter; John Locke, English minister and philosopher; Sir Christopher Wren, English architect, astronomer, and mathematician; Anton van Leeuwenhoek, Dutch scientist.

*Note: Regarding Charles II granting the land grant to John Tuttle: Charles II was born in 1630. So…. I don’t see how how he could have given Tuttle the land. I think the writer of the article has his facts mixed up. Perhaps the king was Charles I? He was king of England until his execution in 1649.

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6 Responses to “Nation’s Oldest Family Farm Up for Sale”

  1. Jen Says:

    This recession has sucked, I’ve had to give up a lot of things. I feel for the Tuttles, a little.

    • Rebecca Says:

      Yeah, I feel for the Tuttles. The crappy politicians are making it a really miserable thing to be a New Englander, I tell ya.

  2. Vixen Says:

    That is really quite sad. I would love to have that kind of rich history and family sense of belonging. Like you, it’s too bad they have to give up after only three years. Maybe I can win the lottery Saturday and buy it!

  3. Secondary Roads Says:

    A sad tale indeed.

  4. Tarheel Rambler Says:

    When farmers don’t make a profit they are forced to borrow in order to plant the next crop. In the current financial climate, one of the first things a borrower has to show is that they will be able to pay back the loan. Lack of profit for three years would not build confidence in a lender.

    While this is a tragic story, it is not all that uncommon. Family farms are becoming a thing of the past and corporate farms are taking their place. I’m not sure exactly what this means for our country, but I’m pretty sure that it’s not a good thing.

    Having said all of that, I would point out that many businessmen end up with nothing when they go out of business. Many of us have nothing but our lunch boxes and a gold watch when we retire after years of working. Farmers, on the other hand, especially when their land is commercially valuable end up living a pretty luxurious lifestyle. So my bad feeling for the Tuttles are tempered by a vision of what they lives will be like when the farm is gone.

  5. Miss Szymanski Says:

    That is so sad! Can you image having all that family history going so far back and then having to give it all up for a *gasp* recession?! I hope that someone will buy it who will take good care of it, knowing the rich history it possess.

    P.S. Thank you for commenting on my blog; I understand what you mean (as you said in anothe post) about not having enough time to visit other blogs; I’ve been struggling with that one, too… and you have WAY more to do than I… so thank you for taking the time to come by and leave your thoughts; I really appreciate it. (And I apologize for not coming around here as often…)