Tuesday, March 19, 2013

National Ag Day

Did you eat today?
Thank a farmer or rancher.


Do you have cans in your pantry, meat in your freezer and produce in your refrigerator?
Thank a farmer or rancher.



Are you wearing jeans?  Did you put on a pair of leather shoes before you walked out the door this morning?
Thank a farmer or rancher.


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Today is National Ag Day.

A day where we celebrate the bounty that farmers & ranchers provide, and all that they do. 

Here's to you.
To the one who is not often celebrated, the one who comes into the house after the sun goes down, and leaves again before the sun rises.
To the one who cares for, nutures, plans, pencils, risks.

Thank you.

Thank you for providing us food & fiber.
Thank you for working a job that is not 8-5.
Thank you for taking risks and being a backbone to our economy.
Thank you for the job you do.

- PS -
The cows here at the ranch where we live thank you too.
Thank you for feeding them, even when the wind is blowing 30 mph.
Thank you for watching over them, and making sure calving goes well.
Thank you for hooking up a trailer, saddling a horse, and bringing one to the barn when a calf is sick, or a cow needs to go to the vet.
Thank you for making sure their needs are met.

Every day. 
Without exception.
Thank you.








“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. I have an idea that a lot of farmers have gone to a lot of trouble merely to be self-employed to live at least a part of their lives without a boss.”
Wendell Berry, Bringing it to the Table: Writings on Farming and Food

3 comments:

  1. Great post Darcy!

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  2. Love the quote at the end ~ proud to live this life! :)

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  3. I so LOVE looking at your pictures...THANK YOU for all you do for ALL the farmers everywhere! Sweet blessings!

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