Today is National Ag Day. Recently I’ve been reminded of the “thank a farmer” campaign I was involved in on twitter last year. At the time it felt right and I honestly enjoyed doing it. Lately I’ve been taking a slightly different approach….I want to give thanks for being a farmer!
I’ve been dwelling a lot lately on my families rich heritage of farming and how its evolved over time. There is a very small portion of my family still involved in agriculture in any way. I feel very fortunate to be able to be a part of the family tradition. It gives me a lot to be thankful for. Its the only thing Ive ever known, simply because it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do! Farming is quite literally “in my blood”! When I look at the pictures of how my farm started out, compared to how it is now, it makes me swell with pride to know that I have played a small part in carrying on this great tradition. I want to thank my forefathers for starting this great way of life and carrying it on long enough to allow me to play a part in it.
While things have drastically changed from the way they used to be, I like to think that a lot has remained the same too…. I believe they had the same gratifying feeling I do at seeing a new healthy calf born. I imagine them feeling the exhausted, yet extremely pleased after a long day in the fields.
I truly believe these feelings and values are one of the best, most important things that those of us involved in agriculture try to cultivate with our own families and children everyday on our farms. It is my fondest memories of growing up on the farm. Those feelings of seeing my grandpa smile and sigh after finally sitting down in his chair, or of my own father going back out at all hours of the night, just to pull a calf. Without any hesitation and with a smile on our faces we do all of these things simply because we love doing them!
I know that my ancestors were thankful for everything that they were blessed with. I, too, am very thankful to be a farmer on this National Ag Day. To see how much the farm has changed from the early 1900s check out this video.