Happy Independence Day, whether you’re plugging away on the farm all day or taking some time off to celebrate!
Today is the perfect day to reflect on our part in the proud agricultural heritage that helped build this country. Whether we grew up on family farms or found the calling later in life, we are all making the conscious choice to contribute in a positive way – to support our communities.
And by choosing to produce – to connect with the earth and the natural environment – we proudly bear the mantle of liberty in our own lives, while also building the interdependence between our farms, friends, families, and customers. This is indeed a choice to celebrate!
And now, for a little inspiration to get you through the heat, rain, storms, drought, and every other obstacle thrown in your way this holiday, some words of wisdom from Wendell Berry:
“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.”
― Wendell Berry, Bringing it to the Table: Writings on Farming and Food