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Until the cows come home

Norwell dairy farmer determined to preserve a slice of old-fashioned agriculture in the area

NORWELL — It’s hard to believe Hornstra Farms is surrounded by modern housing subdivisions and busy Route 3 is less than 2 miles away. The dairy farm is postcard-picturesque, with old stone walls bordering green pastures where wild turkeys congregate. In the distance, a herd of cows moves slowly over a lush hillside. It’s a tranquil, peaceful place where the loudest sound is the occasional deep guttural voice of a cow mooing while grazing in the fields.

“Who would’ve thought a farm was here?” said John Hornstra, the 49-year-old fourth-generation farmer who runs the place.

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