Tuesday, August 4, 2009

What is a farmer?

Lately, I've been pondering the question, "What is a farmer?" Though it seems pretty self-explanatory on the surface (duh- someone who farms!), on a deeper level, there's much more to it. It's hard to put into words the dedication, the emotion, the determination, and the passion that makes up a farmer. Farming, you see, is not just about making a living, it's about a way of life, and it's about a inner-commitment that runs blood-deep. Though I don't claim to be a poet, here's an acrostic poem I've put together to summarize my views on the topic.

Failing at times, but always vowing to do better on the next go-round.
Attributing all success to the Maker above.
Rarely taking time for himself, but always devoting it to others.
Making the world a better place by providing safe and affordable products.
Eagerly working, trying to leave a better place for the next generation.
Raising the standards of care for the crops and animals entrusted to him.

Yes, I realize this is cheesy, but alas, it's just a small tribute to the thousands of men and women who work day in and day out to produce food and clothing for us. What is a farmer to you?