Photo by ERIKA SCHAPER, Crimson Review Staff
Concord High School alumnus Josh Thomas, '09, enjoys kisses from a young heifer named Edith at Spaulding Youth Center in Northwood on a rainy Saturday afternoon. A farmer and distributer at the local homeopathic Brookford Farm in Canterbury, Thomas spends his days caring for the animals at the farm and at the youth center. The cows help provide holistic educational benefits for children learning about the local agriculture initiative now sweeping the Northeast. Thomas said that despite the incredible amount of manual labor involved, he enjoys his job because it has enlightened him as to how grateful he should be for the foods he eats. He has also learned the health and economic benefits of locally grown and consumed agricultural products in comparison to those of conventional agriculture.