By John Fitts
CANTON — Now in his fourth season back at his family farm, Josh Bristol feels he is truly home.
“I’m planning on sinking my roots here,” he said. “It’s the right place for me to be.”
The Bristol family has been farming – or leasing – the land along Route 44 in Canton since the late 1800s.
Josh Bristol, a 2004 graduate of Canton High School, worked in the theater industry for several years but kept thinking of getting back to the farm, where he spent many, many hours while growing up. Initially the timing wasn’t right but the exit of one of the tenant farmers and the fact that those remaining didn’t want to run the store put the plan in motion. The 2013 death of his grandfather and long-time farmer, David A. Bristol Sr., along with the fact that his contract at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven was coming to an end, cemented the decision. Josh Bristol decided to try it for a year.
“After that I kind of kept going,” Bristol said, adding that he bought a home in town. “It’s the right place for me to be.”
“I get a lot of satisfaction out of just watching something grow and kind of nuturing it through,” Bristol added. “It’s always a good thought at the end of the day that people are taking all this food I grow home and feeding their families with it. I always say there’s just something primal about farming. There’s just something deep down in my primitive brain that’s just like this a good thing to be doing; this is something you should be doing.” … Continue Reading