Day #4 - I am Thankful for American Farmers

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Musings 11/19/2016

 

Today on the 4th day of reflection of what I am thankful for... my mind drifts to the farms of Wisconsin. This past August, I had the good fortune of spending time with my son and granddaughter and their family in Rural America where the smell of earth is different after the rain in Texas. My children and I were born city slickers from the heart of Chicago, close to downtown. I remember the smells of Wisconsin whenever my father packed up the car and took us on those long drives up north. I did the same - venturing out to Wisconsin with my children too. This entry is for the Debbie Reynolds 10 Days of Thanksgiving contest. 

 

 

While driving to my son's home from the Milwaukee Airport I passed this farmland and snapped this photograph. As a kid, I never thought about life on a farm or the challenges they face but as a home owner/Real Estate Agent, I think differently now than I did back then. I can't imagine what it would be like to wake up early every day to farm the land and care for the animals. Every day must be an exercise in survival. Farmers face hard times, confronted by bad weather, falling prices, insects, and rodents that destroy their crops, heavy machinery, equipment failures, mortgages, repayment of money loans, pledging property to the creditor, and forget about painting - they weather through it all! Mending fences must be a top priority. If they don't produce the crops nobody eats.

 

Yet, here I am a city slicker at heart, always shopping at the grocery store where I buy fresh produce and canned goods. I don't think much about where these products come from except today I think harder about where they originated from and are they healthy enough to eat? Gosh, it must be a heavy burden on the Farmer. So many abandoned farms in rural America... I wonder, does a Farmer ever retire and make ends meet? Nature can play a cruel hand as tornadoes rip through their open lands. Poor animals. They must suffer too, just like people with diseases, arthritis, difficult pregnancies, getting caught in places they shouldn't be. All these things I think about today that I didn't think about before. The sweat and toil of the land - farmers don't sit behind a desk in air conditioned offices. Today, I am very thankful for agriculture, especially the farmers who remain in America. 

 

 

 

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Patricia Feager
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Myrl Jeffcoat - I never would have guessed you were a farmer's daughter! But I do know you have strong work ethics and I'm sure it's deeply rooted. You come from a long line of survivors!

Nov 18, 2016 10:19 PM #10
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Patricia Feager - You have struck a cord on my heart with this post. I regret to say I would not have thought to include the heartland of American in any of my posts. But you hit on the very core of why we should all be thankful for our farmers, especially those family farmers. 

My neighbor grew up on a farm in Kansas. One of 5 boys, his mother was a registered nurse who still tended to the family and made 3 huge meals a day for these strapping young men usually starting at 4 am with breakfast!  He grew up to be a Thoracic Surgeon and will be spending time with us on Thanksgiving.  I will be honoring his family and the farmers this Thanksgiving...thanks to you!

Nov 18, 2016 10:32 PM #11
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Will Hamm
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Hello Patricia Feager, you city slicker, I am so glad for the farmers that are still in business.  So many of them make do with what they have and a hail storm can kill the wheat crop and they get next to nothing out of it.  Thanks for your great blog my friend.

 

 

Nov 18, 2016 10:45 PM #12
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Patricia Feager I knew I'd find a great post here and something to read that makes me think.... I love shopping at our local farm store.... so sad winter is approaching and the store will be closed too....  we are ALL blessed to have farms in this country to supply all of the stores with veggies and fruit all year.... 

Nov 18, 2016 11:12 PM #13
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Barbara Todaro - I do think a lot. Can  you imagine what it's like to work outside every day and clean out the barn? Load and unload, clean, and maintain, store grain and deal with the rain or no rain. Can you imagine what it would be like to live within a family structure and everyone had chores from morning to night and food was feast or famine? I'm so domestically and agriculturally challenged. Truly, the more I think about it, the more grateful I am to the Farmers. 

Nov 18, 2016 11:29 PM #14
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Pat... what a wonderful post (and photo). As a city slicker, myself, it's all to easy to forget about those people who keep us fed. They are very much unsung heroes in our society.

Nov 19, 2016 12:25 AM #15
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Lottie Kendall
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Hi Patricia - your musings this morning were wonderful ones. I, too, am a city girl, but lived for a while in rural Missouri. I remember one year when the Missouri river flooded badly, ruining the crops of friends and relatives. I, from my 18-year-old perspective thought it was disaster and worriedly asked a young farmer whose crops were gone what he was going to do; he replied, "well, I think I'll go fishing."

I've never forgotten that. What a blend of acceptance and fortitude.

Nov 19, 2016 12:25 AM #16
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Lottie Kendall - Well... when I was 18 years old I was selfishly thinking about make-up and fashion and not the disasters of the world (shame on me). You, on the other hand, had concerns about the economy and flooded crops! WOW! That's impressive!

I love what the farmer said, "Well, I think I'll go fishing." They must learn at a very early age to roll with the punches and they know, you can't beat Mother Nature so you might as well do the next best thing - like go fishing! That was smart. I'll bet that was an alternative way to feed his family. Gosh, farmers are smart!!! Also, farmers didn't depend on Welfare Checks... I just had to throw that in.

Nov 19, 2016 01:09 AM #17
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Sheila Anderson
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Good evening Patricia. I went to school in Wisconsin and remember thinking how different it was from own city experience growing up in Philadelphia. I love you photo and your insights.

Nov 19, 2016 05:10 AM #18
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Patricia Feager
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Hi Sheila Anderson,

That's cool that you went to school in Wisconsin! It certainly is a different way of life and from what I could tell, not much changed! There's a lot of wholesome people there who believe in sustainability.

Thank you, very much for the wonderful compliment! 

Nov 19, 2016 05:18 AM #19
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I know many farmers and they work long hard hours and never know how it will turn out. I admire their commitment and wish it was so that they could continue in what they love to do.

Nov 19, 2016 10:03 AM #20
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Evelyn Johnston
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Farming, in my opinion is a long back breaking occupation.  You are at the whim of so many factors of which are out of your control.

Nov 19, 2016 11:26 AM #21
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Rebecca Gaujot
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I agree, thank goodness for farmers.... where would we be today without them!

Nov 19, 2016 12:16 PM #22
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Kristen Wheatley
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Love this!  Yes, farmers are really the backbone of everything.  We are so fortunate in this country to have access to such an incredible diversity of home grown food!

Nov 20, 2016 05:41 AM #23
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We bdefeated a state question in November that would have gone a long way to destroy the family farm in support of corporate farming. Glad Oklahomans who have done stupid things didn't lose their mind on this one.

Dec 19, 2016 08:21 AM #24
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Patricia Feager
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Joe Pryor - I find the people from Oklahoma to be good neighbors... actually GREAT neighbors!

Long live the American Farmer and may no one in Oklahoma ever go hungry.

Dec 19, 2016 11:11 AM #25
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Kristen Wheatley - I sincerely appreciate your comments! Farmers ARE the "backbone," of American life. We are more blessed than we know and I don't think enough people give them thanks. When I lived/worked in Maine, my favorite farms to visit were the dairy, strawberry, and a self-sufficient farmer who in addition to making HER own honey, produce, and fruit, made HER own custom canoes too. 

The only member of ActiveRain that I know who grew up on a farm is Rob Thomas. Rob is truly a wholesome man who has values and a positive attitude.   

Thank you, Kristen!  

Dec 19, 2016 11:23 AM #26
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Rebecca Gaujot, the Go To Realtor® - "Where would we be without farmers?" That is a question we all need to ponder. I'm finding less and less produce here in Texas made in the USA and that is very concerning to me. 

I hope the President will put this concern on his list!

Dec 19, 2016 11:26 AM #27
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Evelyn Johnston - I once read that the most intelligent people on earth were Farmers and that data dated back to ancients times. The information stated it was because of their ability to problem solve better than others. 

Dec 19, 2016 11:28 AM #28
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Debbie Reynolds - In all my life, I don't recall one kid ever saying, when I grow up I want to be a Farmer. I think it's a family affair and kids work just as committed and hard working as their parents. I'm sure the expectation is for them to take over the family farm. 

We certainly owe them ALL a debt of gratitude.

Dec 19, 2016 11:36 AM #29
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