I love farming because


I love farming because ________________.

Fill in the blank. Not enough room.

That blank is so small and farming is huge.

So big, so much a part of who we are.

The culture of agriculture runs wide.

It runs deep and it isn’t always smooth.

Farming can break your heart.

And heal it again in one breath.

Farming is a great gamble and

more than that it is great faith.

Seeds in ground. Grow. Or not.

Calves come. Some live(stock).

Some die (dead stock). We go on.

Some quit. Some die.

Some dig in and dig deep.

I love farming because

it is a way of life. Of living.

There is freedom. There is joy.

There are blood and tears.

Heartache and heart break.

Farming can be hi tech.

It can be giver and then wait.

Racing weather. Racing time.

If you don’t love it, you don’t do it.

Farming is all or nothing.

I love farming because

after six generations

it is part of who we are.

It is our work, our vocation.

Our culture and language too.

Not easy. But satisfying.

Not for the impatient.

Not for the glory seeker.

Farming requires your

roots to go down deep.

It takes and we give.

We love farming for all

the same reasons that

some moments of some

days we hate farming.

Farming is who we are

and farming is what

we do. Farming is

what we love.


Ag Now More Than Ever asked the question on Facebook today. This is my answer. Add your thoughts?



  1. Mary said,

    May 21, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Very cool! And I, for one, am so grateful that there are people like you who LOVE FARMING.

  2. brian miller said,

    May 21, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    i think the best part is becoming part of creation and seeing it through from seed to life…and then partaking in what your hand was a part of…

  3. Laurie Kolp said,

    May 21, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I admire and respect you and your family. I just don’t think I could do that day in and day out. It takes special people like you to keep it going.

  4. May 22, 2013 at 12:01 am

    This is such a wonderful look inside a life that I know so little about really–and this piece just frames all your love for it–really nice!!

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