Over the past few weeks, I've been answering questions to help a young lady with a final paper for completing her schoolwork. Today she emailed me a "final question". I smiled when I read it and knew there was no simple answer...thought I would share my reply with you all!
Question: What's your favorite part of farming?
Reply: OOOhhh that one is a long one!
Well, first and foremost would be that I get to work with my family and be around my family each day…we home-school so farm and school and life just sort of intertwine. This is not “idyllic” by any means….there are many times that this is actually a terrible combination—like when you need to be at a 4H meeting for your kids and you have a cow that decides to give birth, but needs assistance and a chef texts you asking if they can swap some items around on their order—that goes out tomorrow at 4am😊
However, most of the time it is a blessing to watch my kids grow, to see them become more self sufficient and competent in new farm tasks and life skills each day. It is also a blessing to work with my husband,
though of course there are challenges—it’s a blessing to walk beside someone each day through the good as well as the not so great!
I love watching a new crop go in—and then watch it grow
and change and feel the satisfaction of a good harvest.
I love customers that email and say how much they love our farm, our farm family, how thankful they are for fresh food, how great one particular thing was…or how they really enjoyed trying something new.
I love that I’m never bored. There is always something to do. There is always something new to learn. There is always something keeping you engaged on a farm.
I love people and feeling like I really get to know our core customers. I like praying for their families as I harvest. I like knowing we make a difference in other’s lives and businesses.
Don’t get me wrong…there could just as easily be a list of w
hat I don’t like (humidity!)
But for the most part—the glass is full—and I do love all the intricacies of farming.
Hope this answers your question.