Farming for multiple generations is what keeps the heritage alive throughout the rural countryside.

You may have heard farmers describe their work as something that comes from deep inside – a calling per se.  And I can honestly say, it’s true. At a young age, farmers are instilled with a passion that will never escape them.

Farmers are people who are proud of their heritage, proud of where they came from and what it took to get to where they are today. We work and live in an industry that is filled with passionate people who don’t farm for the paycheck or the gratification from others, but simply for the pride in helping their communities, feeding families, employing neighbors and building a business for the next generation. Our farms are more than a place where cows live and crops grow. It’s a place where our families belong and our kids thrive.

Branch Rickey once said, “It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind.” Our farms are exactly that. They are the heritage we leave behind. Farmers are simply living their passion, following in the footsteps of the generation before them with the hope to pass something on to the generations to come. 

Click here to listen to what some local farmers have to say about the heritage that comes with farming. 

Louise Calderwood works for the Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance. For more information about NEAFA, visit their website.