Farm Hands

Farm Hands

With a fresh perspective, Colbians join farming's next generation.

By Molly Pindell ‰99 | Photos by Fred Field

A few Novembers ago, a Colby couple held an engagement party at an upscale Boston bar. While the other 20-somethings wore pricey heels and tailored suits, one guest arrived wearing Carhartt overalls and a John Deere cap, looking as if he'd just hopped down from a tractor. "I'm a farmer," said Ben Armiger '99, defending his get-up. "Farmers wear overalls."

Blue Heron Farm, where the 29-year-old lives and works, lies along Chesapeake Bay, far from the glittering cityscapes so many young college graduates today call home. Armiger chose a different path and heeded the age-old call to cultivate, to try making a living out of soil, water, and sunlight.

He isn't alone. From California to Maine, Colby grads are part of a growing network of young people trying to change the way America grows its food.
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  • On January 5, 2007, Bronwyn Shiffer wrote:
    Thanks for such a wonderful article. As a friend of a Colby graduate and also a young farmer-to-be, it is entirely inspiring.

  • On October 31, 2008, Cynthia Maddocks-Gallo wrote:
    I went to High School with Jane Brox and spent time on her farm. I was a friend of hers and have many wonderfull memories of her and her family. We would go to her family's farm stand every week for corn and vegtables. Her family also had fresh turkeys for Thanksgiving. My father is buried in a small cemetary next to the family house. I work at Colby now and was delighted to find her on the alumni page.