We know that farms produce everything from corn and wheat crops to livestock, fruits and vegetables. But they also provide reassurance as we pass through the open spaces and fenced fields fringed by towering trees, a pastoral connection to our not-too-distant past.
Since 1985, Connecticut has lost more than 90,000 acres of farmland. Anyone who grew up in Connecticut or lived here for several years can remember a farmland that has now been converted into a housing estate or shopping plaza. There is always a sense of regret for what once was and will never be again.