Not all farms that are sold off are turned into residential subdivisions or strip malls. With the best of intentions, more and more local land is put under conservation protections that take it out of agricultural use. The land is being preserved for noble causes — like wildlife protection — but it could be used for increasing local food production, he said. He believes it is a question of finding the right balance.
For Kozazcki, 53, being a farmer is more than a chosen career — it’s a way of life. In 1986 he purchased the land on High Road with his sister, Heidi. Now the sole owner of Tendercrop Farm, Inc., he runs the popular farm stand on 8 acres, but farms an additional 700 acres locally to support it.
“I just love farming. That’s all I do,” he said, then playfully added, “You’ll know I’ve stopped farming when I’m in the cemetery.”