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  1. Sage and Peter Kennedy
    Sage and Peter Kennedy March 4, 2022 at 5:41 pm | | Reply

    She’s a little nervy.

    Thank you!

  2. Roz
    Roz March 4, 2022 at 6:14 pm | | Reply

    Is he married?

  3. Roz
    Roz March 4, 2022 at 6:17 pm | | Reply

    What animal skeleton is pictured?

  4. Ralph Rockwell
    Ralph Rockwell March 4, 2022 at 6:43 pm | | Reply

    Great Show Erica I am going to contact Forrest to see if i can tinker up some of his tractors using his barter system

  5. Doug Reaves
    Doug Reaves March 4, 2022 at 9:05 pm | | Reply

    One of my favorites. Brought tears.

  6. kB
    kB March 4, 2022 at 10:51 pm | | Reply

    Thanks for this. “Wait a minute you shot the bear!?” No I shot the horse!

  7. MARK FREDERICK BOYDEN
    MARK FREDERICK BOYDEN March 5, 2022 at 9:02 am | | Reply

    As a farmer myself, and owner of Boyden Farm in Cambridge, I’ve known Forrest for years. I’m so happy that your great series did an interview with him, as there is less and less of people like Forrest, but the world could use a lot more! I remember having Forrest drive all the way down from Walden with an old red pickup to get only four round bales, but didn’t seem to bother him one bit! I’d ask him “Hows it going Forrest?” He’d reply “Just great!” with a huge grin on his face. “How’s the cows milking now?” I’d ask, and a quick reply “Ain’t milkin for shit..” again, with a huge grin on his face! We can all learn an awful lot from Forrest, to me he’s one of the most successful persons that I have ever met as he figured out a long time ago that all these things that everyone thinks so important and all the material BS, heck it just don’t matter. So glad you were able to share this story to everyone, and lets hope that more of what Forrest is can rub off onto the rest of this world! Thanks, Mark Boyden

  8. Becky Dayton
    Becky Dayton March 5, 2022 at 9:36 am | | Reply

    This episode took my breath away, Erica. I’m so grateful to you for telling these stories.

  9. Wendy Scott
    Wendy Scott March 5, 2022 at 7:18 pm | | Reply

    It’s so refreshing to hear this story. Thank you Erica for another beauty!

  10. Bess O'Brien
    Bess O'Brien March 6, 2022 at 12:00 pm | | Reply

    Great piece Erica. These voices need to be kept alive. Thanks for doing that.

  11. James Pearson
    James Pearson March 7, 2022 at 8:04 am | | Reply

    I love the new episode. We the world need more people like the man in your show. The farmer. I grew up with honour boxes in the rual area of southern Ontario. I would ride my bike to a farm near us with a note from my mom and go in the shed and back of their honour boxes take what my mom wanted leave the note in he jar and then mrs klink would call my mom sometime during the week and pay mrs klink in the church parking lot on Sunday.

    What a wonderful episode thank you,

    Jamie

  12. Annie Greensfelder
    Annie Greensfelder March 7, 2022 at 1:13 pm | | Reply

    Hearing this kind, generous, thoughtful man talk about his life with such a depth of understanding and appreciation of what has made that life meaningful, absolutely made my day and perhaps my week, month..who knows..maybe the rest of my life, more precious. Thank you.

  13. Matthew Fassberg
    Matthew Fassberg March 8, 2022 at 2:09 pm | | Reply

    Always am moved and challenged by your work! I love that you record (always?) in the natural world and the soundtrack and words merge together so well, said as someone that also loves the thoughtful scoring of The Daily which is also so effective. I appreciate that you don’t focus on fame or famous people but seek the thoughts and depth of everyday people. I’m inspired by what you do. Thank you Erica. Your podcast is pushing me in good ways.

  14. Charlie
    Charlie March 8, 2022 at 3:09 pm | | Reply

    I loved this episode; I loved Mark‘s comment about Forrest being one of the most successful people he knows; and I love that you Erica married “practicality and generosity.“ Thanks to you and Forrest

  15. Susan Clark
    Susan Clark March 8, 2022 at 4:37 pm | | Reply

    It does my heart good to hear these stories from Forrest. Thank you, Erica, for this richly evocative reporting. I agree with Mark Boyden, it sure sounds like Forrest has got the whole how-to-live-on-earth thing figured out.

  16. DW
    DW March 10, 2022 at 11:16 pm | | Reply

    I’ve got an issue with a horse farm down south in Townshend. There’s 120 animals on the property, not sure how many are horses or other large livestock animals and how many are smaller farm animals but it’s a problem the community is aware of and we aren’t quite sure how to go about getting the animals off the property and someplace safe. The law can’t do much cause it’s VT and troops are thin on the ground as it is, but the town wants to do something about it, just wondering if he’s got any ideas. Doesn’t have to be legal.

  17. Devan Winchester
    Devan Winchester March 10, 2022 at 11:27 pm | | Reply

    In regard to my last comment: this is a long term case of animal abuse that the locals are aware of and have tried to report independently which hasn’t yielded any results. There are former hands that have reported the farm. Mange, rotten feet, moldy grain if any at all. Not flatlanders thinking cows shit in litter boxes. These are local people and farmers who know this place is fucked.

  18. karla haas moskowitz
    karla haas moskowitz March 20, 2022 at 8:14 am | | Reply

    hey erica, i loved this so much. i still have my renovated trailer in east hardwick that sits next to another dairy farm. it is a rental now, but is still home in many ways. i moved to gainesville, florida in 2018 to be close to grandchildren…just in time to be here for covid. lucky choice, i guess. listening to this stunning portrayal of the NEK made me want to pack up and get back to vermont. i don’t eat cow meat and gave up cheese, but love the descriptions of the man and the landscape. it moved my heart. i used to team with tonio epstein at WGDR…you might remember me. but that is not relevant right now. i really appreciate your incredible audio art that serves the moment and all of us who stop and listen.

  19. Rob MacLeod
    Rob MacLeod March 26, 2022 at 12:05 pm | | Reply

    Erica,
    You captured so much of Forrest’s personality! More important, you captured his ethos. I hope people who listen to this show really reflect on that aspect.

  20. Jeff Arnold
    Jeff Arnold March 28, 2022 at 1:08 pm | | Reply

    I just loved hearing from Forest, a guy so attuned to the land and his animals and the circle of life. Unfortunately, he is a rare breed so I am glad you were able to highlight him before he’s served up to the vultures.

  21. sarah pearson
    sarah pearson April 7, 2022 at 11:55 am | | Reply

    This may be my favorite episode of Rumble Strip. Thank you for this feature

  22. Amy Tingle
    Amy Tingle April 13, 2022 at 4:32 pm | | Reply

    What a great piece! What a fabulous man. I love that he says he’s friends with a bear, and he really is. Thanks for telling good stories, Erica.

  23. Abrainerd
    Abrainerd April 19, 2022 at 8:35 am | | Reply

    Please..sugar “house”…

  24. Anja
    Anja May 20, 2022 at 8:14 am | | Reply

    I love the story. I loved hearing his voice, It brought me back 20 years to when I was a baby veterinarianit reminded me working with the dairy farmers here in Addison County. I just could never bring myself to use the word tit instead of teat and the story made me remember that and giggle. I was so out of my element as a kid who grew up in Boston. Thanks for making me smile and sharing Forrest with us.

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