January 20 Farm Hour

On this evening’s Farm Hour we celebrated the life and work of Donald Bouton of Halcotts Center with his son Dennis and daughter Mary Konstantine.  Born on his family dairy farm in 1920, he lived his 91 years connected to that land.  He and his wife started their own dairy farm in 1966 down the road, and later raised beef.  Donald was a gifted writer, poet and storyteller. At the age of 12, his poem, “A Farm Boy’s Treasure,” was published in the American Agriculturalist He captured the farming way of life and what it meant to him in Cow Tales and Farm Life in the Catskills, published in 2011, and before that By the Light of the Kerosene Lantern, a collection of short stories passed through generations.  He loved the outdoors and sapping and haying, he said “keeps me going.” Screen shot 2014-03-17 at 5.15.29 PM

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