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A gift to both of us

It is the very nature of a farm to change hands, stewardship, and even purpose, sometimes between generations of the same family and at other times almost willy-nilly at an auction sale. The 80-acre farm I once called home, near Bloomington, Ind., was first deeded in 1832 and has had a succession of owners and uses – crops, dairy (yours truly), and now sheep and beef cattle under its present owner.

This last deed change was made between friends. My own stint as

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