How to find Farming Encouragement When Things are Going Wrong
Lately, it’s been a little depressing to be a farmer. There is so much devastation in certain parts of our country that I wonder how the farmers will move forward. Many areas of the country are experiencing weather related hard ship this season. The North West and surrounding areas suffered one of the worst season of drought ever recorded. Meanwhile, some lingering storm systems brought incredible amount of rain and flooding to the South East coast and the Mid-Atlantic states. It’s pretty crazy out there and invariably, when I mention how wet it is here, someone will remind me that they would love to have some rain in their area. I totally understand! If only we could send our unwanted weather to areas that need it. Now, that would be farming encouragement!
Some times are just hard
Weather makes doing the day to day stuff a joy or a job sometimes. I know when it rains for days, it takes all my internal strength to get up and do the chores. I would love to be a fair weather farmer! But that is not realistic. What is real, is that we deal with it. Our farming encouragement levels might dip low, but we pull on our boots and get back to work.
There have been times that our goats were standing on tree stumps in their stall because the stall was flooded. We have found chickens massacred by predators that found a way into a secure chicken run. We have retrieved pigs that were running down the busy road in front of the farm, cows that escaped, and rabbits and piglets born into the coldest weeks of winter. And these are only a few of the animal mishaps we have learned from. And, when these things occur, others stop what they are doing, they help with the cleanup, they listen to our stories and they let us cry. but only for a moment. There’s work to be done and a little farming encouragement must go a long way.
We have persevered through gardens that suffered from drought, floods, mold and being eaten by raccoons. And yet we keep going. Why? We certainly aren’t experts and it sure doesn’t look like we are very successful some years. Unless you consider it successful that we still get up everyday and do it again.
Where Does Farming Encouragement Lead Us?
I always balk at the term expert. I don’t know what that means in the world of farming. I studied agriculture and animal science in college so I have that behind me but so much of what I do every day was not taught in the college classroom. It’s really a matter of perseverance. Each day I get up, shovel more manure, tend any wounds, feed hungry mouths, check fences and head off any potential problems. It doesn’t make me an expert, but it does make me experienced. This is what I draw my stories from. This is what I use to encourage you when things go wrong, They do and they will. I am privileged to share farming encouragement with you. You can be stronger than your worst experience. I know you will do what has to be done. And so will I.
Each night I count heads, look at bright eyes and I am thankful that God gave me strength to help them survive another day. Not every day is like that but there are enough. That is how I measure success, by getting it done, every day. Keep spreading that farming encouragement.
2 Timothy 2:6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.