We were blessed this week by a visit from my son's family who live out of state. Our grandson Luke hasn’t visited since he was a baby and this was Owen’s first visit. From meeting animals to driving tractors, our grandsons' reactions were priceless as we introduced them to life on the ranch.
Luke, who is two years old, loves cows but is overwhelmed by their size. He preferred to interact with the chicks and broilers, however he enjoyed driving the tractor with John and Robert most of all. Owen, at 9 months, had far less fear of the livestock and a greater desire to touch and taste everything. We loved watching Owen ride the tractor, swing, and experience new sights and sounds as he experienced country life for the first time.
There is no greater joy than spending time with loved ones, especially children, and no sweeter regret than saying goodbye at the end of the visit. Their absence leaves space to reflect on their future and what we, as grandparents, can do to enrich and provide for them. Our personal sphere of influence is small, but within that space we can do great things. This is why we farm. We farm because it's the only way we know to ensure a healthy local food supply for our community and family. We farm out of hope for their future health and wellbeing.
John and I are dedicated to providing our community with high quality, nutritious food through regenerative and sustainable farming practices. We believe building and participating in strong local food networks is essential to the health and wellbeing of our families and communities, now and especially in the future. Strong, resilient communities are a foundation that allows the individuals within them to flourish despite the storms (political or otherwise) that rage or global systems that fail.
So, as we say farewell to Jacob, Lauren, Luke, and Owen and resume our daily tasks, we do it with a renewed resolve to continue our efforts to bring the change that will ensure they have the opportunity to grow and flourish in the future. Will you join us?