Many New England barns are historic and well-maintained. But others literally fall by the wayside as you saw in my Shutesbury Road post the other day.
When I first started visiting Chapel Brook Falls in Ashfield, MA many years ago, this location had a thriving albeit small farm. As all too often happens with small farms these days, it has now disappeared. All that remains is this one structure falling apart.
Unfortunately, I never shot the farm while it was working and only started after all was gone save this building.
Once a nice wind vane sat atop the roof.
And also it bore a badge of distinction. American Agriculturist.
Now it just waits for its demise by whatever fate awaits.
It’s a shame what happens to old farms.We see large corporate farms growing at the expense of individual family farms. Many young people do not want to take on the hard life demanded by agriculture and as owners get older the need for financial independence overtakes their desire to continue. Farms become housing projects, shopping malls, or other commercial endeavors.
In some cases, as happened nearby recently, the land is preserved as open space.
While a way of life is diminishing there are some people who decide to take the task on and small farms are popping up with a popular trend for farm sharing with the community nearby. What the future holds for farming is unknown, at least some are trying to keep that way of life going.