The Digital Journalist
© John Ficara
Cumberland County, Virginia -- Louden Marshall ties his grandson Cullen's shoelace as his son Louden III walks toward the house. Only days before, Louden III indicated that he did not want to continue working the family farm, preferring instead to seek employment off the farm. The senior Marshall is a third-generation farmer on land passed down from his grandfather. When Louden's father died, he took over on a full-time basis. "I like to farm; not a lot of money, just enjoy doing it," he says. "I had office jobs for some years but had the urge to be outside, be my own boss, and lead an independent life."