Friday, March 17, 2017

Local Folks

Mother's Farm Sentinel
Wild Hare Farmers' website includes a page with the title "Local Folks". It's a place where we honor a handful of local business people who are an inspiration to us in one way or another. Folks who enrich our local communities and are a part of what makes our hometowns uniche. Folks who persevere. Folks who are encouragers.

Trent Foltz is one of those people.

I don't recall when I was first introduced to Trent's work, but I do recall the subject matter. An old barn. His art captures the essence of rural America and tells a story in need of telling. The story of small family farms that once defined the Midwest. And the story of their fading from the landscape.

Trent's February 20th post to Facebook was a photo of what remains of an old corn crib. A structure much like what stands as final sentinel to the farmstead of my childhood. A dwindling symbol of America's Heartland.

Trent also included with his post a quote from Mary Oliver's poem, Sometimes.

Instructions for living a life: "Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it."

Tell the story.

Thank you all for being a part of our story.