With all the social media shares on agriculture that have come about with the #farm365 movement started by Andrew Campbell (aka: @FreshAirFarmer), it’s great that farmers have a voice and are able to share the realities of farming. @NurseLovesFarmr has been a long-standing #agvocate and it’s great to see so many others out there sharing and supporting.
When I blogged on the Canadian Beef blog, I wrote about our daughter being “the beef farmer’s kid“. I wrote about bringing part of my culture to the farm. I married into a farming family and incorporate some of my culture in the food I cook for our family. Hubby used to be a strictly meat and potatoes kind of guy, but now loves his beef served up in so many different ways (like in Korean Beef Bulgogi)!
I also explained why farmers are the original environmentalists. Every day is Earth Day for farmers. I’m not kidding. It really is. Farmers have to be stewards of the land. Everything from soil health to keeping our forests strong, to keeping our water sources clean = all not only in the best interest of everyone, but for us too. It really is in our best interest to manage the farm in the most sustainable way.
Admittedly, my introduction into farm life wasn’t without plenty of questions and wondering if this was the life for me. The Spring breathes new life with our calves born. It’s an exciting time, full of wonder and amazement at the beauty of life. When it’s time to send the cattle down south, I always feel a bit sad. I can’t help it. I know that we take excellent care of our animals, but it is sad to see them go. I spent much of my adult life as a vegetarian and then I married a beef farmer.
I found myself in an interesting position. I was like a bridge between farmers and consumers/the general public.
With our daughter being raised on the farm, I believe she has a better understanding of the circle of life. She’s connected to the land and to the animals. See sees birth and she witnesses death. We don’t slaughter animals on our farm, but she has seen a heifer die while giving birth to a calf, and ultimately, the calf not surviving either. Little One has seen the chicken coop ravaged by a wild animal, only to have a few chickens survive. Through it all, there is sadness, but also understanding (that I am always shocked to see in one so young).
I am not going to lie. Being a farming family is not easy. Sometimes I need Hubby to remind me of why we do this. It’s an often-times thankless job. It’s hard work. It’s expensive to farm. This said, my husband always reminds me why we need to continue to farm. There is a lot to be proud of being a farming family. He also reminds me that we are rich in so many ways.
Fellow farming families, what do you love about farming? Why do you continue to farm?
Those who do not farm, what would you like to know more about when it comes to farming?