Farmers Share Their Stories With #WhyIFarm

Happy Friday Everyone!

Ok, so…I have to admit. Lately I have been a failure at blogging.  With moving into a new house, traveling with work, and planning this whole wedding thing, blogging had to take a back burner for a little bit. I feel like I’ve said this before, but a girl needs some rest every now and then. So thank you for sticking with me!

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Things still are busy, but I couldn’t miss the opportunity to share this with you!   A couple weeks ago I posted about the Why I Farm Movement to honor farmers. If you haven’t heard of it yet, be sure to read my last post and check it out!

But my reason for writing today is because they just posted their new video! Why I Farm has been highlighting Midwest farmers and sharing their stories about why they love to farm. As an advocate for agriculture, (Agvocate as we like to say) I absolutely LOVE this! I have seen so many people take for granted how cheap and accessible our food system is that they don’t always appreciate how much hard work goes into producing it.

The videos from Why I Farm do an incredible job of showing just how much passion and emotion these farmers have for what they do. Get your Kleenex ready.. because if your from a farm family, or grew up around farming… some of these may bring tears to your eyes (At least they did for me).

The new video highlights a young farmer from Warrensburg, IL named Nathan Wentworth. He shares his family’s farming history and what it means to him to be able to carry on that tradition. But this video is so much more than that.

My favorite part is that he also shares that there’s more to farming than just driving a tractor. It’s knowing about how to care for the crops, the land and … wait, why am I explaining this? I’ll just let Nathan tell you for himself…

“To put it simply, I love farming. I love figuring out problems. I love watching life grow, transform and develop. I love being a biologist, a botanist, a chemist, an engineer, a marketer and all the professions involved with farming. I love all of it, but nothing can hold a candle to farming with my family. To carry on the traditions, and values that the generations before me developed…and then pass those on to the generation’s to come. That is something God has blessed our family with and it is something we will not take for granted. That’s why I farm.” – Nathan Wentworth

What did you think? Powerful stuff, right? I may be the only one, but it sure makes me proud to be from a farming background and to be working in agriculture! Thank you Nathan, and all farmers, for all that you do!  

Also, with harvest season in full swing and farmers out on the roads, please use this video as a remember to respect them on the roads and slow down! I know we’re all busy (myself included) but this graphic from Kelly at the Old Blue Silo is perfect to put it in to perspective.

Courtesy of Kelly at http://www.oldbluesilo.com/.

Courtesy of Kelly at http://www.oldbluesilo.com/.

Well said, Kelly. Well said!

So now that it’s the weekend, join me in unplugging from the digital world for a while and have some relaxation time! But before I go I wanted to share that I have joined the movement to honor farmers, and I hope that’ll you’ll join me too! Visit whyifarm.com to learn how you can help honor farmers.

nathan

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Posted on October 11, 2013, in Agvocating and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Chelsea, I am not sure how we connected but I am so glad that we did! I haven’t had a chance to read a lot of your blog but I plan to sit down with some coffee and do that this weekend.

    Thank you so much for featuring my graphic. I can’t believe how many people it reached. That was not my intention but definitely a great surprise and it brought a lot of great new followers to my blog from the farm community. I think that’s the push I needed to blog about farm life more.

    Yesterday when you asked where we farmed and I told you, explaining it wasn’t anything special, just old equipment and a few hundred acres. I instantly regretted my response because it IS something special and it is something we are so proud of and shouldn’t be afraid to share. It ave me a great idea of a blog topic I need for a contributing post I need to write in the future for an organization I am newly part of.

    These Why I Farm videos have made such a huge impact on my husband and I. Some of the videos have brought tears to my eyes. As young farmers, it’s good for us to have role models not only inside our community but outside as well and the Why I Farm movement has provided that for us.

    Thank you for all that you do not only for women in ag but ag in general. Women have made leaps and bounds in this industry and it’s gals like you that inspire me to keep on going.

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