By Judy Klemesrud Special towards the New York Times
GREENWICH, N. Y.вЂ”A attorney and their family members from Br klyn spent the weekend having a dairy farmer and their family members here, and also by enough time it was over, some preconceived notions about вЂњcity slickersвЂќ and вЂњcountry bumpkinsвЂќ had evaporated in to the sharp Washington county autumn air.
вЂњI thought certain they mightn’t have dishwasher.вЂќ stated Janet Drogin, 37 years of age, the spouse from Br klyn. вЂњBut they have most of the modern conveniences we’ve, and our kids have the same fancy walkieвЂђtalkies, the sleeping that is same, and the same World B k encyclopedias.вЂќ
And James Sloan Jr., 39, the dairy farmer, was amazed that the Drogins were because understanding as these people were concerning the farmer’s economy.
They truly are the first city individuals I’ve ever met who believe farmers aren’t getting that which you be getting,вЂќ he stated. вЂњEvery time f d costs increase, we farmers have the impression that the town individuals blame us.вЂќ
The week-end visit, known as the CityвЂђFarm Swap, was sponsored by the Agricultural Council of America, a business of farmers located in Washington as a means of educating urban dwellers about the important points and economics of raising meals on farms.
City Visits Scheduled
Next springtime, the farm individuals are designed to endeavor into the town for the return visit.
вЂњThe swap is not only a farm trip, where you pet the animals to see the tractor.вЂќ stated Allen Paul, executive director of the council. вЂњThe individuals actually get to know each other, and understand each other’s financial difficulties. It’s specially valuable for the farmers, simply because they get a feel of this dilemmas town individuals face when they go in to the supermarket and begin filling up that grocery cart.вЂќ
About 100 town families t k part in the swap last weekendвЂ”50 in the Washington area and 50 in New York State. The brand new York swap, including stockbrokers, college instructors, taxi drivers and auto mechanics from the populous town, ended up being c rdinated by the brand new York State Farm Bureau and had been restricted to three upstate counties Saratoga. Washington and Rensselaer. Comparable cityвЂђfarm swaps are held in previous years in Seattle and Chicago.
Ira and Janet Drogin, whom sent applications for the swap prograin on a radioвЂђtalk show, drove up to Greenwich (Pop. 2,263, about 30 miles north of Albany) Friday aftern n with their two sons after they heard about it. Laurerrt, 10, and Peter, S. Mr. Drogin, 41, is just a labor lawyer utilizing the Manhattan lawyer of Leaf, Kurzman, Deull & Drogin, and their clients are the Harlem Globetrotters therefore the regional 966 of the Overseas Brotherh d of Teamsters.
A ClichГ© Disappears
The Drogins expected their host family members to live in a small frame that is white on hill somewhere, but discovered, alternatively, an enormous red house filled with collectibles, not t much different from the massive red house filled with antiques that the Drogins own orr East 23d Street in the Flatbush element of Br klyn.
The farm household can be found on the 750 acres of land that Jim Sloan and his 34вЂђyearold wife, Connie, very own. They’ve two kids, Edson, 9, and Mary Margaret, 7.
The city family arrived just in time to watch Mr. Sloan and his two hired hands milk the SloansвЂ™ herd of 80 Holstein dairy cows. The Drogin family got the chance, for the first time in their lives, to milk a cow by hand although the milking is done by electric milking machines.
вЂњBut just what actually impressed me probably the most had been when Jim went along to the fence and yelled, вЂCome, Boss,’вЂќ Mrs. Drogin stated. вЂњAll regarding the cows marched as much as the barn and went within their stalls to be milked.вЂќ
It don’t just take the two families extremely long to come to the final outcome they had вЂњhit the jackpotвЂќ when you’re matched with each other. The kids hit it off immediatelyвЂ”their favorite activity was riding the SloansвЂ™ brown pony, Old GrandadвЂ”and the adults found that they’d a lot in keeping.
Wives Collect Antiques
The wives both volunteer in their youngsters’ sch ls, gather antiques, like to sew and therefore are passionate c ks. The husbands usually work late in to the night, much for their wivesвЂ™ chagrin, trying to earn more money.
The DroginsвЂ™ income is вЂњin the vicinityвЂќ of $60,000 a year the Sloan’s gross about 90.000 within their dairy and cattleвЂђselling procedure, but net around $30.000 after their farm expenses are cared for.
The DroginsвЂ™ indulgence is the 28вЂђf t cabin cruiser, the Eagle we. As well as the SloansвЂ™ indulgence is the new getaway home in Boynton Beach, Fla.
вЂњI think our biggest distinction is the fact that we are uptight city people,вЂќ Mrs. Drogin observed. вЂњIt’s from all of the competition and pressures associated with the city. Jim and Connie Sloan are both really relaxed and free, and it spills up to their children, t .вЂќ
The Drogins are Jewish, the Sloans Roman Catholic. Religion, nevertheless, was hardly ever mentioned within the week-end and also the Drogins slept in even though the Sloans visited Mass early Sunday morning.
вЂњWe’ve known a Jew before.вЂќ Mrs. Sloan said. вЂњHe’s a person whom purchases cattle from my husband over in Glens Falls.вЂќ
One of the week-end highlights for the Drogin household were going to an auction that is cattle riding in the SloansвЂ™ $22,000 John Deere tractor, consuming Mrs. Sloan’s homemade baked beans that were C ked in an actual crock, and going to a potвЂђluck dinner Saturday evening with all of the other nyc cityвЂђfarm swap families at the Washington County fairgrounds.
After dinner, the farm wives staged a tongueвЂђincheek show of вЂњfarm fashions through the ages.вЂќ Mr. Sloan wore one of the more interesting fashions regarding the eveningвЂ”a handвЂђknitted cardigan sweater by having a black colored and Holstein that is white cow into the back. The night ended having a round of squareвЂђdancing, which the Drogins stated they enjoyed.
Throughout the weekend, the 2 families invested much of their time round the dining r m table talking about one another’s lifeвЂђstyles. One subject that kept coming upвЂ”and it was actually why the Agricultural Council of America sponsored the swapвЂ”was the way the farmer just isn’t completely to be culpable for the increasing costs of f d.
вЂњI’ve complained that milk is 48 cents a quart,вЂќ Mrs. Drogin said, вЂњbut after talking utilizing the Sloans, I’ve learned that farmers only get 19 cents a quart because of it. Beef costs us $2.29 a pound, however the farmers only have 25 cent a lb in the h f these are genuine revelations in my experience. Somebody in between is truly creating a killing!вЂќ