There’s a lot about farming that is hard. Really hard. And there’s a lot about farming that is life-giving and soul sustaining. The following is an excerpt from an article I wrote for DTN Progressive Farmer “Our Rural Roots” column. My hope is that you can relate to or empathize with any of it. Farming isn’t for the faint of heart, but oh how it can grow one. ❤️
“So many hours. So much toil. So many resources. So much labor. So many missed social events and family trips. So much heartache when an animal dies or a crop fails. So many early mornings and late nights. So much investment for often so little gain. So many what ifs, why nots, how comes and if onlys. So much uncertainty and very few assurances. So many variables so out of our control.
How can one possibly love a farm? Because a farm gives so much more than it takes.
So much pride in feeding your own family and countless others. So many memories doing the hard things together. So much joy in what some see as mundane but you see as miraculous. So many days spent making a life, not a living. So much value in what’s ultimately priceless. So many life lessons that no book could ever teach. So much faith in the greater good and our God, who holds it and us all together.
To love a farm is not for the faint of heart, though some days it takes all we’ve got to keep our hearts strong, minds focused and feet moving. It’s the hard days of farming that make the good days all the more worth it.”
Read the rest of the article here.
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