Kansas is rich in agricultural traditions. As you drive along our state’s highways you can’t help but notice the lovely quilt of farmland with the occasional horse, herds of cattle or sheep, and of course the state flower, the sunflower.
The farmers of Kansas provide food and other resources for the rest of the country. It’s a proud heritage to be a farmer, but it certainly won’t make you rich. Maybe it does make you rich, it’s just not from monetary gain. There is a rich satisfaction in farming… knowing that you’ve done a good day’s work for your fellow-man is worth more than money.
You know when I think of a Kansas farm, I think of the Peterson Farm. Those guys are crazy… yep – they’re Kansans alright!
When I think of Thanksgiving, it’s natural to think of harvest. I can’t imagine living in a big city where harvest is just a concept and not a reality. Something about having harvest as a way of life just makes me more thankful than I would be otherwise.
It’s a silly memory, I know… but I remember taking field trips to my 5th grade teacher’s farm around this time of year. Maybe it had to do with this holiday – who knows?
It’s important for children to be exposed to farm life once in a while. They need to know that they’re milk comes from a cow and eggs come from chickens. Some of those city kids might decide they want to move to a farm one day and enjoy a slower, more structured, simple life.
The only downside to farming is the butchering of livestock. I know some don’t have a problem with it, but I’m just a bit of a squeamish soul, I suppose. I thought it would be fun to have a herd of sheep and sell wool. There is a new kind of farm emerging on the horizon that sounds interesting – Alpaca farms! Alpaca fleece is softer than cashmere and is in demand. As an alpaca farmer you can raise the animals and not have to butcher them – just shear them. I think I could handle that!
One more video from the Peterson farm. https://youtu.be/toyN81wZzLw
I hope sometime this week you will take a city kid to visit a working farm – maybe even the Peterson farm! The only way we can encourage kids to appreciate the food they eat is to show them where it comes from – and all the work involved in making it happen. Have a great week! 🙂