According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the number of U.S. farms has continued to steadily decline since the early 1980s. In just a 15-year span America lost around 200,000 farms, with only 2 million remaining in 2022, the data showed.
Challenging these statistics through their passion for farming are owners of Down to Earth Farm and husband and wife, Brian and Kristin Lapinski. The Jacksonville natives decided to answer their years-long calling to the slow food movement and start Down to Earth in 2007 after seeing the urban agricultural void in their hometown. Nestled on two acres on Jacksonville’s westside, Down to Earth grows a variety of seasonal produce and cut flowers for handmade bouquets.
More than ten years later, the Lapinskis commitment to and belief in vibrant, sustainably grown agriculture informs every aspect of their operation, from planting to harvesting and everything in between. The biggest difference? There are two more Lapinskis on the farm now: Brian and Kristin’s daughters have grown up on the farm, making it a family affair.