Since 1937, Escobars have farmed on Rhode Island’s beautiful Aquidneck Island. Louis Escobar is only a year younger than the family farm where he grew up. “So many young people want to be this movie star or want to be an astronaut, or something fantastic,” he says in “Forgotten Farms,” a documentary about New England dairying. “Louis Escobar wanted to be a dairy farmer,” he continues, referring to himself. “I’ve lived my life’s dream.”
Things did get a little challenging after a tractor accident. “Some people would be disgusted, disgruntled, depressed,” says his wife, Jane, “but Louis knows you have to move on. He still troubleshoots really well. He has a power wheelchair and he’s all over the place. He wore the first set of tires right out.” Louis stayed focused on learning and growing. “I’ve had farmers I looked up to who’d say, ‘This is what I’ve been doing for 40 years and this is the way I’m going to keep doing it,’” Louis says. “I’m never going to have that mentality. If you do exactly what you did the previous year, you’re not making progress, you’re spiraling down. Even at my age,” he chuckles.