Earning To Live

| 5/21/2012 4:35:54 PM

Small agrarian communities seem to revolve around two things – farming and school.  Understandably, as those two industries are the largest local employers.  May is a hum of activity with planters running in the field and excitement running through all of the kids as they anticipate their soon to be grasped freedom. 

In the midst of this whirlwind, a few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be on the interviewing panel for next year’s officers in our local FFA chapter.  It was a simple set-up; the applicants came in one at a time, we asked them a few rounds of questions and then moved to the next one.  The questions ranged in topics from FFA trivia to future plans, yet one question asked by another judge really stood out to me: 

“Recite the FFA motto and tell us what it means to you.”

Joshua MO State FFA Convention

The question was good, but the answers were downright intriguing.  The FFA organization is rich with history and tradition and the FFA Motto has always been my favorite part of that tradition – even when the blue corduroy jacket was on my own back.  It goes like this:

“Learning to Do

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5/28/2012 12:56:50 PM

Great post. Something to contemplate as I spend the day in the garden.

5/23/2012 1:29:38 PM

Alexandra, Future Farmers of Amercia is a great organization. It's sad to see the path that the family have been following the last couple decades. I'm glad to hear that there are still young future farmers that want to stay in the thing that made this country the food basket of the world. So many times I hear the kids selling the family farm because they just don't want to work that hard. I blame some of the leaving the farm on the ease of urban or semi rural life with all the amenities that go with it. It's much easier to run down to the local big box store to grab a gallon of milk then to milk the cow twice a day. It's much easier to go to work for 8 hours a day then to work sun up to sun down. I'm glad to see that there are folks like yourself that truly care about the future of farming in this country. Thanks for all your effort toward helping the future farmers have the right thoughts about life. That last picture says it all. The wind machine of the past and the wind machine of the present. Have a great day on the farm.

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