“We come and go but the land is always here. And the people who love it and understand it are the people who own it—-for a little while.” -Willa Cather, O’ Pioneers!
This is our all seasons farming and ranching crew. Together we calve our cows out, plant our fields, bale our hay and harvest our crops. From left to right: my father, my grandfather, my cousin, my husband and myself. We each play a pivotal role in every task we have at hand and without one another, I’m not sure we’d get anything done. Like most farms across the country, we are a family farm and we intend to keep it that way. For five generations, my family has found a way to continue the agricultural legacy, and God willing, we’ll make it six.
Our crew gets it done 8 rows at a time, sun up to sun down. AND we have a heck of a good time while doing it. I sent a group text that morning and said we were taking a group picture. Not for us, but for our children’s, children. For as long as I can remember I’ve loved hearing stories and looking through old photo albums of past generations. Someday I hope our future generations appreciate these photos.
I am incredibly thankful for 93 years of Grandpa. His knowledge of the land has instilled a growing passion in me for our lifestyle. Everything I’ve learned about working on the farm I’ve learned from these men. Jared, my husband, and I hope to someday pass down these skills to the generations to come.