Like many local farmers of my generation, I first knew Bob Buxton as the Agriculture teacher at River View High School, where he spent his career educating the next wave of farmers who would tend the land of Coshocton County. His family has been farming on their land for four generations, and throughout our conversation it was clear that he had a foot in the past and an eye on the future. He met me at his favorite spot on the farm, a secluded place surrounded by woods with a view through a narrow valley. The hilltop hayfield had just been cut, leaving strong patterns in the meadow, the hay waiting to be baled.
He spoke about stewardship and the family legacy of staying on the land: