Monday, 29 February 2016

Farmers and Showing Appreciation

Farmer cutting the grass in the late summer for winter hay

“When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.” — Chinese Proverb

I admire farmers even more since we moved to a house opposite a field where cows graze. Farming is more than a job it is a way of life; 365 days a year, all day, every day whatever the weather.

Farmers knowledge of the animals they care for and of the seasons is amazing. They do not earn huge amounts of money and many farmers are tenant farmers, not owning the land they live on.  We can become disconnected from the seasons and cycles of life. I am thankful for those whose lives involve daily caring for the land and for the animals in their care.

I am thankful for all who contribute to producing food and water and ensuring it is safe: farmers, transport workers, shop assistants and water engineers. I am grateful for all that I have and I am mindful of those in need.

Today: I am left with the question though, how do I show my appreciation? Do I send a note to the farmer? Do I make sure I buy food that reflects the input of the farmer, not allowing supermarkets to under- price food? Do I show my appreciation in a general way by donating to a charity or giving food to someone who is hungry? Food for thought!

1 comment:

  1. For anyone who doesn't know the farmer cuts the grass and leaves it to dry - as long as the weather is good. Then the grass is collected at a later stage and stored in a barn for the animals to eat during the winter time. It has to be dry to avoid it degradinng into 'compost'!