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Producer: Maria Averion
Photography, audio: Jerome Nakagawa
Editing: Maria Averion, Jerome Nakagawa
Audio editing: Maria Averion, Sherry DiBari
Editor's note: This story is part of a larger project by Nakagawa. For more of the Ervins' story, please see Nakagawa's website at



Family farms face a variety of economic problems that make it difficult to thrive. In Athens, Ervin’s Dairy Farm is run by Scott Ervin, 76, with the help of three of his sons and one of his grandsons, John, 25. Forty-nine-year old Ronnie Ervin, John's dad, helps run the farm with two of his brothers, Scotty, 43 and Brad, 39.