The value of staying on his family’s seventh generation farm has grown gradually on James Hutchins. While he had always enjoyed doing farm chores, James decided he wanted to try something else and left home to study heating and plumbing. It soon became clear, he says, “that wasn’t for me,” and he came back to the upstate New York farm first settled by the Hutchins in the late 1800s.
“I have memories of me and my grandfather and my father unloading hay together. It made me very proud. It humbled me,” James says. “I feel the connection between me and the land. My grandfather and his grandfather before him, they all worked the land. It’s just kind of neat to me that for so long there’s been a Hutchins who’s worked this land.”