The Kennett Family
Rochester, VT


The Farmers


Bob says that being up on the mountain on a sunny day working in the hay fields is one of his reasons for being a farmer. Who else has this view from their seat?

The Farmer’s Creed means a great deal to our family. Thank you for taking the time to read it.

A Farmer’s Creed

I believe a man’s greatest possession is his dignity,
and that no calling bestows this more abundantly than farming.

I believe hard work and honest sweat
are the building blocks of a person’s character.

I believe that farming, despite its hardships and disappointments,
is the most honest and honorable way a man can spend his days on this earth.

I believe farming nurtures the close family ties
that make life rich in ways money can’t buy.

I believe my children are learning values that will last a lifetime
and can be learned in no other way.

I believe farming provides education for life
and that no other occupation teaches so much
about birth, growth, and maturity, in such a variety of ways.

I believe many of the best things in life are indeed free:
the splendor of a sunrise,
the rapture of wide open spaces,
the exhilarating sight of your land greening each spring.

I believe true happiness comes from watching your crops ripen in the field,
your children grow tall in the sun,
your whole family feel the pride that springs from their shared experience.

I believe that by my toil,
I am giving more to the world than I am taking from it,
an honor that does not come to all men.

I believe my life will be measured ultimately by what I have done
for my fellowman,
and by this standard I fear no judgment.

I believe when a man grows old and sums up his days,
he should be able to stand tall and feel pride in the life he’s lived.

I believe in farming because it makes all this possible.

Beth & Bob Kennett
511 Liberty Hill
Rochester VT 05767

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