A few months ago, while “barnstorming” with photo friend Debra Rozin, we came upon this farm in Medina County. Attracted by the beautiful old red barn and the American Flag on the silo, we approached to get some nice shooting angles on the barn.
As we approached a group of cow’s came to on opening in a building in front of the barn to investigate the 2 photographers coming up the hill.
While photographing these cows a minivan pulled up and a lady by the name of Patty got out. We learned that she was the owner, with her husband, of the barn and farm surrounding it on both sides of the road. Patty was very friendly and offered to take these two city folk for a little tour of the farm and introduce us to some of her animals, mostly dairy cows.
On the way back to the pasture we passed a small pig pen and interrupted their rooting in the mud.
As Patty led us back to the grazing cattle a number of curious cows came up and wanted to meet us on a personal level. They were very friendly and one began to push me from behind with a nose in the middle of my back. They are beautiful animals and well cared for.
Patty regretfully told us that she and her husband are the last in their family to want to run the farm. Once they decide to retire the farm will most likely be sold to developers and homes will be built on the land. The small family farm is quickly becoming a thing of the past.