As both the daughter and granddaughter of a farmer, Liz Bunce knows first hand the pride of seeing the tangible results of agricultural labor. There’s a certain satisfaction in seeing milk in the bulk tank or a crop harvested, she said.
Or, in her case, the chance to sample a craft beer made from her own hops.
Bunce is the first to admit she didn’t fully appreciate the benefits of growing up on a dairy farm or living in a small community like Oxford. In fact, she says she couldn’t wait to leave both behind when she graduated from high school.
But after returning to the area and working in corporate America, she has a different perspective.
“I missed that connection to the land,” she explained.
Her chance to renew that connection came about six years ago, when her parents decided they were ready to retire from dairy farming. As they discussed estate planning and how to keep the Hoffman’s 160-acre farm in the family, it was Bunce rather than her older brother who raised her hand.
“I had been wanting to get back into farming for awhile,” she said.
But while Bunce was interested in carrying on the family’s farming legacy, she knew dairy wasn’t for her.
She asked herself a question: “What can I do to keep the farm in the family without living there?”
She has found her answer in an up-and-coming crop that was once a mainstay of the region’s agricultural heritage: hops…
Written by Melissa Stagnaro, Evening Sun Contributor. Read the full article at evesun.com.