Never Underestimate the Power of a Farming Community
When you think of a farming community what do you think of first? Small population of people? In the middle of Nowhere, USA? Everyone knows everyone’s business? Well, those may be true, but what about the actual people who reside within that community? What are those people like?
The people who make up a farming community are the kindest people you will ever meet. They will be the first ones to wave to you on the highway-whether they know you are not. A stranger will hold the door for you and ask how your day is going. Someone start a conversation and are genuinely interested in what you have to say. You see, farming communities aren’t really communities. They’re one giant family.
If a farmer is in an accident and can’t take out his crops, his neighbors are the first ones to volunteer to help get those crops out -- even if they have their own crops to get done.
If a farmer passes away and leaves a family behind, their farming community steps up to take care of everyone left behind. Neighbors and other farmers take care of the crops and livestock. Other farm wives bring food and comfort to the wife in sorrow. Children are taken in by the entire community and kept a close eye on.
When a farmer is in need of assistance getting the crop in before it rains, his neighbor will be the first to volunteer.
Once in awhile, livestock gets out. The community knows who has what for animals and will be the first to call the farmer and let them know. They will also wait and hold the animals until the farmer gets there. Then, they both get the animals in.
You see, it’s not about money. It’s not about being better than one another. It’s not a race to the finish line. It’s about being good people and doing the right thing. It’s a community that shows love and compassion to one another in a time of need. It’s having such a huge passion for agriculture that you not only take on your own tasks at hand, but are willing to accept others when approached. Everyone has their own farm. Their own issues. Their own expenses. Their own struggles. But, together, they don’t have to go through it alone.