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Bucolic Berks being preserved like strawberries

Jun 29, 2017 • by Mike Zielinski, Host of The Mike Zielinski Show
Mike Zielinski

One of the great mysteries of the world that even puzzled the ancient Greek philosophers is why human beings seldom come equipped with two terminals — positive and negative.

I guess we will never be confused with batteries.

People invariably focus on the negative.

So, let me do my part to help balance the seesaw by writing about an ongoing positive development in Berks County.

Our county ranks third in the nation for the number of acres it has preserved as farmland, according to the Berks County Agricultural Land Preservation Board.

The board has preserved 718 farms in the county covering 70,855.8 acres.

If you don’t think that is a huge chunk of land, you try plowing it with a horse-drawn plow. I bet you will be as fleet as a hippopotamus doing it. 

So much for the perception that suburban sprawl is bleeding our green farms pale.

Personally, my only interest in farming is that I like to eat.

But I must say that it’s nice to drive through the more remote outposts of our county and see the iridescent green of farmland.

It’s like watching a blazing sunburst of nature’s glory.

I spend a fair amount of time in Manhattan these days where the noise of blaring radios, sirens and humanity packaged like sardines fill the streets.

In comparison, rural Berks feels set at the edge of the world.

A more idyllic world.

Savor it.

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