Grandchildren . . .
One of God’s greatest gifts.
As grandparents, we are part parent, part caretaker, and part friend. That places us in a very special place in our grandchildren’s lives. Personally, as farming grandparents, we feel a responsibility and a duty to teach them about farming and where their food comes from. We are PROUD and honored to can share our farming experiences, especially on this National AgDay.
We are fortunate that our grandchildren live fairly close to us and can visit us often. They come with us when we go to the hog barns, in the tractors during spring planting, in the combine during corn and soybean harvest, and when we work in the garden. They love to explore, ask questions, help in the garden, play outdoors, ride their bikes, play with the dog, and help grandma and grandpa doing whatever they are doing.
It is sad to say the majority of people are not as fortunate as our grandchildren in having this direct connection to farming. And because of that lack of connection, misinformation and untruths about agriculture can easily make way into peoples’ opinions and decisions in regards to food and farming practices.
We need to change that.
We can start that change by talking to not only consumers, but our families such as our children and grandchildren. We can teach them about farming by showing them where their food comes from. And the great thing about talking to our grandchildren is the message is more intimate because we have that special grandparent-grandchild bond. And even though it may seem we are only teaching our children and grandchildren, we may be indirectly teaching non-farming people also because we do not know how many people our children or grandchildren will come into contact during their life. We just don’t know who our grandchildren will be when they grow up.
We are planting a seed.
Our children and grandchildren observe the hard work, the compassion, and dedication to what God has chosen us as His caretakers. They will experience the joy and exhilaration of daily farm life.
But, sometimes, they will also experience the sorrow when an animal dies, or the . . .
agony of a drought with no rain in sight, or the . . .
devastation of a hail storm has on a field of crops.
And they will learn the realities of our farming life. There really is no other experience in life like this. Even with the highs and the lows of farming, providing food for other families is a very powerful, satisfying and humbling experience mixed awkwardly together.
What do I hope farming will be like when they grow up?
I hope that we are able to use our God-given intelligence to make smart decisions as to what is best for our farms, ourselves and others. I hope technology, science and our knowledge base continues to grow and improve and we are able to apply what we have learned. I also hope we continue to show our passion and compassion for farming. And most of all, I hope that ALL families do not experience food insecurity and are freely given food choices.
So let’s celebrate National Ag Day by talking to our children and grandchildren about one of the most honorable professions in the world. And let’s show them how PROUD and HONORED we are to be America’s farmers!