Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Farm Kids Becoming ‘Endangered Species’

OREGON, Wis. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Growing up on a farm is going by the wayside – and that’s too bad because it’s the best way to be raised.

That’s according to Justin Isherwood, a fifth generation potato farmer who was raised on a Wisconsin farm during the 1950s.

Isherwood says urbanization is not only increasingly swallowing up farm land, but also swallowing up a way of life for farm kids – who he calls an “endangered species” – as more and more of kids are being raised in city surroundings.

He says kids are missing out on the best aspects of farm life, such as sharpening their sling shot skills and learning the top of a manure pile is always the best spot to watch the stars.

Although farm chores like milking cows and shoveling hay were tedious and tough when he was a kid, Isherwood says he’d still pick the farm way of life over the city’s “in a flash.”

He relays some of his most memorable experiences “growing up rural” in his new book, Farm Kid (Badger Books).

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