Many Rows to Hoe

Spending six hours flying from coast to coast can show you a lot about the size of America. Driving the same distance is even more informative. When your feet are on the ground the scale is truly 1:1.

Still, that’s the kind of knowledge that’s easy to forget when we return to the familiar places we inhabit.

Even after being on scores of farms, I find it hard to fathom just how large a “modest” operation can be. Circling a 500 acre farm on foot would exhaust even the fittest person.

The biggest farm I’ve ever visited was near Jacksonville, Illinois. It was a three-generation family business with 4000 acres under cultivation. Half owned and half rented.

How big is 4000 acres?

If you drew an east-west line through Times Square, all the land below it to the bottom of the island would add up to about 4000 acres.

That’s a lot of rows to hoe.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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