I love the farm.
I love what it stands for – fresh food, open space, healthy animals, family heritage, hard-work and more.
I love the people that are involved in it. Blood or no blood – those that farm are like family.
I love the high quality, nutritious and delicious product we produce 365 days a year.
I love that our farms have become more productive over the years and so that not everyone has to be a farmer. Others can be teachers and doctors and bankers and mechanics.
I love (selfishly) that agriculture has embraced technology to enhance not only the quality of our product, but also the quality of my life. (Do you know how long it takes to milk a cow by hand?)
I love how the farm helped raise me – teaching me what real work is and allowing me to appreciate the simple things in life, like a summer rain and a calf be born.
I love how the farm is helping raise my children – and instilling a sense of compassion and responsibility in them, even at the young ages of 1 and 3.
I love our cows. I love the sense of responsibility in taking care of these amazing animals.
I love that we are able to utilize the natural resources God gave us to make a living. We are some of the few that still do.
I even love the challenges of living off the land. (Really I do – it makes life interesting.)
I love living in the country and being part of a small town, where everyone knows everyone’s business – and they are always willing to lend a hand in times of need. I love that.
There’s so many more things I love about being a farmer, but we want to hear from you! #farmlove is a new initiative started by a friend of mine over in Vermont. Like me, she was raised on a farm, married a farmer and is now raising two little future farmers. Her love for farming runs deep. On her blog, Farm Life Love, Joanna explains the backstory to #farmlove.
“So in a way, #farmlove is about connecting all farms together too. There are no labels when we’re using the #farmlove hashtag. Big farms, small farms, conventional farms, grass-based farms, hobby farms, organic farms can all use it. Because we are all in this together. We are all farmers. We all care for our animals and our land and just may have different ways of doing it.”
So please, join us! Blog, post, tweet, pin, link, share or just plain ole shout from the rooftops your love for the farm. And when you do – make sure you use the hashtag, #farmlove! February is for the love of the farm. Show the world why you love being a farmer.