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Lawyers turned blogging farmers a great read

The story of Peter and Maryellen Griffin’s move from lawyering to farming continues its run through newspapers across the country.

The story line is not lawyers turned farmers. It’s that more people visit their blog, oldshawfarm.com, than their organic vegetable farm which provides produce to the Peacham, Vermont community. Readers come from all over the world to read about their down to earth diary-like posts about family and farming activities.

It may be farming, but like the lawyers I help, the Griffins use their blog to market their product, network with others doing similar work, and to stay in touch.

The blog project started out as a gift from a computer-savvy friend who lives in Brooklyn, Peter says, but it turned into way to combine keeping in touch with family, marketing their organic vegetables and connecting to the global small-farm community.

The story only gets better seeing the Griffins, both Yale educated lawyers, are still doing a little lawyering where they can. Maryellen works with Legal Aid in St. Johnsbury on domestic violence victims and landlord-tenant issues. Peter does some research for a firm he previously worked with.

If you’re looking for a break from lawyering, the Griffins are offering organic farming apprenticeships for the 2007 growing season.

Growing up in rural Wisconsin and representing a lot of farmers while practicing there for 17 years, I can live vicariously through these guys. I’m adding this blog to my feeds.

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