“My grandfather used to say that once in your life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman, and a preacher but every day, three times a day, you need a farmer.” ~ Brenda Schoepp, Farmer
Good Sunday morning, dear friends. My thoughts today are about being ever so grateful for the hard work of the men, women, and families across our land who enable us to have food on our tables. For most of us, we simply make grocery lists and visit our markets. It is so easy to forget what we place in our carts did not come from the store.
And, have you ever wondered . . .“Why do farmers farm, given their economic adversities on top of the many frustrations and difficulties normal to farming? And always the answer is: “Love. They must do it for love.” Farmers farm for the love of farming. They love to watch and nurture the growth of plants. They love to live in the presence of animals. They love to work outdoors. They love the weather, maybe even when it is making them miserable. They love to live where they work and to work where they live. If the scale of their farming is small enough, they like to work in the company of their children and with the help of their children. They love the measure of independence that farm life can still provide.” ~ Wendell Berry
So, as you enjoy your Sunday lunch or dinner, say an extra thank you for the wonderful and special souls who worked the farms and made your meal possible. I know, I will.
“He who doesn’t regard agriculture will truly value it when food becomes scarce!” ~
Wishing you and yours a beautiful day and week ahead.
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