A wor­thy dream

The Covington News - - Opinion -

Last Sun­day, we ran a story about a dream re­vived, as one of the county’s old­est farm­ing fam­i­lies pre­pares to dive back into the world of dairy farm­ing.

Brad Marks wants his grand­chil­dren, great-grand­chil­dren and all gen­er­a­tions to come to continue to work the fam­ily farm, which has been owned by the Marks for 180 years.

He wants them to know what it’s like to care for a calf, to raise it to ma­tu­rity and to heal it when it gets sick. He wants his grand­chil­dren to re­mem­ber their fam­ily’s roots and to know their an­ces­tors would be proud to see them plow­ing the same path.

The vi­sion is sim­ple, but the ex­e­cu­tion will be more com­plex.

The Marks were dairy farm­ers up un­til 1994 when the costs of run­ning their large dairy op­er­a­tion out­weighed the ben­e­fits.

Now, the fam­ily is will­ing to give it an­other try, though on a much smaller scale in a niche mar­ket. The hor­mone-free, buy-lo­cal phe­nom­e­non could bring dairies back to New­ton.

There is no ques­tion that New­ton County is beau­ti­ful and at­trac­tive in part be­cause of its rich agri­cul­tural her­itage.

We sup­port the Marks fam­ily’s dream to keep agri­cul­ture and their fam­ily’s his­tory alive.

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