He makes a reference to considerations of chronic wasting disease (spongiform encephalopathy), relevant to Hampshire, Morgan, and Mineral counties..
Pleasant Dale, W.Va. — One of the more popular vaudeville songs to come out of World War I was the little number “How Ya Gonna Keep ’Em Down on the Farm (After They’ve Seen Paree)?”
You have to think that it wasn’t the exotic novelties of Paris that turned the doughboys’ heads but the surreal slaughter of the trench warfare 150 miles to the east.
The song, though, captured the spirit of a society in profound change, when the city brought an alternative to the slog and hardship of life on the farm. A century later, the pendulum has swung the other way.
Today, the small farmstead offers the working stiff the allure of restoring his sanity and health while saving the planet, even if the only fertility there is in the imagination.
Calvin Riggleman is rooted in the soil of Hampshire County, W.Va., and grew up in a hamlet 25 miles west of Winchester, Va., but he’s the first to admit that a decade ago, in his early 20s, he had no idea where life would take him. At the time, he was learning the rural craft of taxidermy and helping at his grandparents’ farm and orchard. Of one thing he was certain: He wanted to be a Marine, like his dad.