NATIONAL AGRICULTURE WEEK

NATIONAL AGRICULTURE WEEK

March 8-13 is NATIONAL AGRICULTURE WEEK!  A few people can say they are self-sufficient when it comes to providing food for their family, but most of us don’t have our own garden, milk cow and wheat field.  Most of us rely on the great American farmers who make their living seeing that we are well fed.

As a kid I listened to the agriculture reports every day with my grandpa.  Of course, they meant something to him.  To me, it was more of a lullaby of sorts.

I don’t know how accurate this statistic is, but for years I’ve heard that one Kansas farmer feeds 128 people and me.  There are signs along the highways of Kansas that say it too.  Judging from the condition of those signs, they have been there a while.  Like I say, I think that stat is probably outdated.

There’s a facebook page if you’d care to check it out!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Kansas-farmer-feeds-128-people-you/121495644603738

Some people don’t think farmers are ever really happy with their crop, and sometimes they can seem a little disappointed if there’s been too much rain or not enough rain.  It’s only that they have sunk so much time and expense into the planting and tending of the crop.  They want the very best harvest they can get – of course!  A good harvest equals more money.  If anyone prays for just the right weather conditions, it is the farmer!

I enjoy the You Tube videos the Peterson Farm makes – they crack me up!  There are a lot of them, but this is my favorite.

Christian farmers are great because they know where their bounty comes from and they know if there’s not a bumper crop, God is going to make a way through the lean times.  He always has and He always will.  It may involve some creative planning on the farm family’s part (and every member of the family has to help) – but farmers know that God gave man a brain to think and intelligence, so it’s a matter of praying and seeking God – then following.

I know when we walk into a grocery store, it’s not automatic to pick up a gallon of milk and say a prayer for the one who provided it – but maybe we should start doing that.  Farmers are just people making a living like everyone else, and they need prayer too.  When you pick up that next loaf of bread, make sure you say a prayer for a Kansas wheat farmer.  Thank you!  🙂

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INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY

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To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.  – Mahatma Gandhi

Today we celebrate INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY!

This year, the theme for IMD is Mountain Farming.  Let’s talk about how mountain agriculture, which is predominantly family farming, has provided high quality food for America.  Here are two mountain farms in the United States, one in the Eastern U.S. and one in the Western U.S.  There are certainly more than two in the country – far too many to mention in this post.  Let’s begin with our choice of farms in the Eastern U.S.

It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top.  – Unknown

Smile and say SALSA!

In 2004, Tomato Mountain Farm in Brooklyn, Wisconsin began producing its own line of homemade salsas, preserves, soups, and other jarred products such as pasta sauce and bloody Mary mix. The truly unique combination of an organic farm dedicated to producing quality, delicious produce and a kitchen that processes and grows all its own ingredients right at home has helped these products quickly come to represent the bulk of Tomato Mountain Farm’s business.

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Why do we need a day to focus on mountains?

Well, now that we know why we need to focus on mountains, let’s check out the family mountain farm in the Western United States.

Superior in flavor…

Since 2001, David & Cindy Krepky have owned and operated Dog Mountain Farm which has served the Snoqualmie Valley community and Seattle area by providing farm-fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers, eggs, poultry meat, and pork. Located in Carnation, Washington, they use sustainable growing methods without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or commercial fertilizers. They strive to produce nutrient dense food that is superior in flavor and shelf life and provides a broad range of health benefits. Their livestock is humanely raised on pasture without antibiotics or hormones. Building a strong biological system in the soil is the focus of their agricultural management.

Eating is an agricultural act. . . . How we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used.  – Wendell Berry,  The Pleasure of Eating

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I find mountain farming fascinating because I’m only familiar with farming on the plains!  We have to travel several hundred miles to get to mountains!  There are so many family farms in Kansas and Oklahoma – but today we focus on mountain farms and the families who have committed their lives to providing the best quality products for us to eat!

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but Nature’s sources never fail.  – John Muir, Our National Parks

If you know of a mountain farmer in your area, find out if they have a product that may be suitable for a Christmas gift and buy it from them!  You know I’m all about buying American – but to put your money back into your own community would be better yet!  Buy locally grown food!

As we’ve seen, there are mountain farmers in the Eastern United States and in the Western United States.  Surely there’s a mountain farm in your neck of the woods – unless you happen to live in Kansas like me!  LOL!!!   😀

If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift, may I suggest a new devotional book by Lucinda Berry Hill?  Everyone needs a new devotional book to begin the new year!

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Click on the link below to order your copy!

http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/Products/SKU-000952694/A-Second-Cup-with-Jesus.aspx