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Farms & Fields

Drive east of Boulder and you hit farmland pretty quickly. When the crops aren’t growing, the tilled fields just roll on and on in these oddly-geometric, perfectly-groomed swaths of dirt. It’s never as organic and earthy as I imagine a farm to be. It looks like industry. Then, here and there, sitting right in the middle of it all, are these great weathered old barns. I can never tell if the farmers actually make use of these buildings or if they are just some remnant of the past that are maybe too much trouble to tear down. I re-read The Grapes of Wrath recently and I couldn’t help but think of the Joad family farm, uprooted by the modern machine.

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