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Last year, the Dougans' deteriorating round barn was torn down after efforts to preserve it were unsuccessful. No trace remains of the farm, which is now vacant land that sits across the street from the proposed Beloit casino.
But because of Jacqueline's keen eye for detail and drama, life on the Dougan farm will never die. People will always be able to pay a visit in the pages of her books.
As she finishes the third volume of her farm's biography, Jacqueline has learned and relearned lessons about food and, more important, stewardship. She praises the rise of the growth of small organic farms, the slow food movement and awareness about how food is produced.
"The story of the round barn is more than a look back," Jacqueline says. "It is a touchstone for a different kind of agriculture that could offer hope for the future_a future where we may again fall in love with our cows."
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