Today is National Ag Day! A day to thank a farmer for all he or she does to feed the world. Today, I sit back and ponder, “Why do I farm?” “Why do I bother?”
The reason I farm and the biggest reason I love what I do is because I have loads of daily fun in Agriculture.
Everyone knows you have to love what you do to be happy. Who loves looking out your window at 8:00 in the morning and finding out that sometime between then and 10:00 the night before, your bull broke into the weaned heifer pen? And you have a meeting at 9:00 a.m.! Ok, this is something I do NOT love. So, why do I love farming so much?
I am asked this question quite a bit, so I will put the answer out there for the world to see. There are three (3) reasons I have chosen this life and why I will continue to live out here on the land.
1. I want my children to learn to work hard but to have fun while doing it. Farming is a family business. This is something I learned as a small child. I know it wasn’t always fun – nothing is always fun. But I have so many great memories with my grandparents, parents, and siblings working out on their farms and in their gardens. Yes, the work was hard at times, but believe me when I say that we found ways to make it fun.
Water fights, cutting thistles in the pasture, halter breaking and grooming calves, and picking strawberries are just a few great memories I have with my family. Do those seem like hard work to you? To me, it was just daily fun in agriculture.
2. I love educating other about where their food comes from and I will continue to do so. Agriculture is not the only life I know since I spent five years away from the farm while in college and graduate school in cities. I realized how easy it is to become removed from the farm and feel very passionate about educating those individuals.
This is one of the main reasons I’ve started this blog and will hopefully be starting a vlog soon. I care tremendously that the common person their food is grown and safe to eat. I have so much daily fun in agriculture sharing my story.
Let me tell you a story about my opportunity to visit a Senior citizen group and teach them about container gardening. You can visit Container Salad Gardening to read about how I taught them to make their own container gardens. It was such a humbling experience watching their faces light up when I gave them something they could take home and grow themselves. I felt proud knowing that I could help them be a little bit more independent and mobile. Even though most of these Seniors were in their 70’s and 80’s, they did a great job with their gardens.
I believe it’s important to teach the future of agriculture, so I’m also getting into the local 3rd grade classrooms to teach a program called Ag Ed on the Move. It’s a 10-Week course exploring different commodities and with each lesson, there is a fun little activity. Tomorrow, we will be studying growing produce and will be doing the garden in the glove activity. Watch for the upcoming post!
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3. Finally, watching what I plant pop above the ground is so therapeutic for me. Planting it was hard work. It is fun to see my garden grow and the corn and soybeans change. It’s fun to see baby calves or goat kids thrive and live on the farm for many years. No, it’s not fun when they escape their pens (or break into another), but that is where the work is called work. Working together with my husband (which is also great), we did get the naughty bull out of the calves pen and the calves back into their pen. Sorting calves is fun and once the work was done, we can reap the benefits of this beautiful lifestyle, which is what is so great. There is so much about agriculture I appreciate and love.
Living on the farm and being an active farm wife has humbled me greatly. I’ve learned so much that I didn’t know before about agriculture and I know I have much more to learn to be successful. For me, all that learning and work is just daily fun in agriculture.
Happy National Agriculture Day, Everyone!