Thursday, May 17, 2012

Influential blues master chose music for a career but refuses to leave farming

By Dan England |

When Taj Mahal went to college for an education in farming back in the 1950s, he didn’t like the new term teachers used for agriculture.

They called it “agribusiness.”

Mahal fell in love with farming after watching his mother, a master of her garden, and growing up in the South surrounded by family farms. He even worked on a dairy farm when he was a teenager, eventually becoming its foreman, milking dozens of cows daily and tending waves of corn. But even back then, after he heard that word being thrown around, he saw a future of corporations dooming the individual farmers, he said.  [read more]

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