Thanks to Amber for inspiring my blog post today!
I was perusing facebook looking at everyone’s random pictures and came across one that reminded me of a perfect post topic!
This was the picture:
A few weeks back I invited a friend of ours out for supper and a visit to see the baby calves, before they are too big to really be called “babies” to a small child.
We had tacos for supper and ended the evening with a tour of our cow pastures, feed lots, feed bunkers, and our shop.
Naturally with a degree in Agricultural Education I am constantly thinking from a teacher point of view. And let me say these two kids were some of the best to give a lesson to! At each stop there were many questions, very good questions at that! Anywhere from feeding our bottle calf to feeding our cattle to which tractor does what.
It was so inspiring to hear the next generation take a genuine interest in the farm. I took my time in explaining that all of the cattle we raise will go to the grocery store and then eventually make it to their supper tables. I expected to have to deal with a few hurt feelings and a bit more emotion…but once again I was pleasantly surprised at how well they understood where their hamburgers come from- Kudos to Mom and Dad!
After the long tour and photo shoot we headed back to the house and my friend looked at me and said “I can’t imagine how many hours you and Jason had to talk to for you to really get everything about the farm. I mean it had to be thousands of hours.” And she raised such a good point.
It was really very important to me to ask hundreds of questions about the farm before we got married. I wanted to make 100% sure this was the life for me. I asked questions everywhere from why we buy our parts at certain places to what we put in our feed bunks or even about the farm’s financial statement.
And she is right, it was at least a thousand hours of conversation. But, she also reminded me what I love so much about agriculture is that there are still thousands of hours left to talk about because the industry is always changing.
PS..Look for a future post about some exciting news about me working off the farm!