Went to Bluffton, Ohio’s Farmer’s Market (“…with an emphasis on organic”) today. I talked with Ray Person who recently bought a 20-acre farm on the outskirts of town. Eight families from Bluffton regularly go out to tend to a large organic garden, chickens and some pigs. They’ve also converted an old garage to a “Summer Kitchen” and the families can together there, and so on. Ray, who is a theology professor at Ohio Northern University, has bought the farm, primarily, for environmental stewardship reasons. It’s his way of combatting some of the urban sprawl (by keeping the land rural) and it helps connect these other families much more with the land, God’s growing cycles, etc. Note: Bluffton High School’s marquee had a bit of writing for the graduating class of ’05: “Do not follow where the path may lead, but go instead where there is no path — and leave a trail.” Kind of sounds like the theme of our “back roads” campaign.