The headline of the article was “The UN has declared 2014 the year of the Family Farm”. Kind of exciting to see this kind of publicity or recognition for a farmer. Our family farm is a 3rd or 4th generation dairy (depends on who is answering the question). My husband and I operate an organic dairy in partnership with my in-laws. They started the dairy over 40 years ago in Enumclaw, Washington. Many things have changed over the years but one thing is constant. A family farm represents a piece of history. Fewer and fewer families are farming, but the ones that remain have struggled through some pretty difficult circumstances. (Just ask your local politician why there has not been a renewal of the Farm Bill?)
As we begin 2014, remember to say thank you to those friends you know that run a family farm. It is not the easiest way to make a living or raise a family. Holidays, birthdays, and vacations always seem to take a “backseat” to the farm. In the end it is the farm that keeps many family members connected. In this era of cell phones, youtube, and instragram it is a nice break to feed a new born calf or chase some heifers that busted through your neighbor’s fence. Brings you back to what is important – hard work and perseverance. Qualities we all need to cherish in this crazy overstimulated world we have created.