Darrell Turner was 30 and living the city life and doing very well in his career as a mechanical engineer when he and his wife, an architect, looked at each other one day and decided to take a break. The couple visited 13 national parks over two months and then came back to Egremont to stay with Darrell’s parents while they figured out their next steps. That next step, it turned out, was to stay there, making Darrell the fourth generation on the farm his great-grandfather bought in the beautiful Berkshire Hills in the mid-1950's.
“We came back looking for kind of a simple life. We’d done the city life. We wanted to get back to the country,” Darrell says. He also saw that his uncle and dad were getting older and that they could maybe use his help although, Darrell admits, “I didn’t know if I’d be able to work with them, compatibility-wise.” It’s worked out well, everyone agrees. “We find our own corners,” his dad Bill says. “It’s pretty nice having him back here.”
Darrell and his wife recently bought his grandparents’ house and are feeling settled. “It’s nice to be the young face on a farm,” he says. “People are always surprised to see that I’ve come back. It’s nice to be able to be part of the tradition of the farm.”