Stories from the Land
The first time we talked with Hank, one could tell that he had been worrying about the future of the land and the rural character of Ionia, When he talked with his neighbors, they were also thinking about the changes that might come as development continued to creep closer.
For some teenagers, sitting around messing with their phone is what they live for. Indeed, research has shown that kids often spend as little as seven minutes outside, a day...and the results aren't good. But not these teenagers, at least not today.
About the time Adam started looking for a home with a farm to be the center of his operation, Larry was working out how to keep his farm a farm and make it affordable for a young farmer. A couple of years ago, Adam rented half of the farm, then last year the whole farm. “It is an excellent farm, in a good location,” according to Adam. And he has plans.
From a vacant lot, to a vegetable garden, to its newest incarnation as a flower garden, the new Garden of HOPE mirrors Conkey Corner Park expanding the green space in the neighborhood.
"With no one living in New York, it became too hard to continue to own this beautiful piece of land, yet I knew it would break my Dad's heart if it got developed with big sprawling houses," reflected Mark Cornwall.
John and Liz Albright. It is their hope that generations beyond their children and grandchildren will love and cherish this land as much as they do. "I wanted to find a way to protect this place." John states. "No matter what, so the land will still be here. This was my grandfather's land, and his grandfather's before that."
With time, this land could have become another subdivision, but Eleanor Maguire Diamond was determined that it should be there for wildlife and for everyone to enjoy. "I wanted to do something that honors my family's long history to this place," she said.
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