Women in Ag: When Family Visits the Farm
I come from a family of farmers, but my husband does not. So, when his family comes to visit, the farm is like an amusement park full of things they’ve never seen before! On their latest visit, some of my husband's younger sibilings spent their days riding in the tractor, feeding cows, riding the UTV, and learning how to catch a chicken. My favorite quote from their visit is from his sister, Sarah: “I’m going to catch a chicken before I leave. I’m determined!”
Sure enough, I looked out the window later that day and Sarah had a barred rock sitting on her shoulder in the chicken yard. Not too bad for a first-timer!
These visits are always a reminder of two things:
- How little urban people know about where their food comes from.
- How blessed we are to call the farm home.
Educating consumers about farming is a huge part of my life, but sometimes it feels like a thankless task. It’s good to have a reminder once in a while of how crucial that work is. Perhaps more importantly, it’s good to get a humbling reminder of the blessings I have in my life once in a while. I sometimes take it for granted that I get to live on the family farm and raise my children here. But it is one of the greatest blessings I have, and I should remember to be thankful for it every day.