Family farmer values have been passed down for generations in my family. Maybe that’s the case in your family too. We know that things need to get done; we don’t talk about how or when or why—we just do them. There is a quiet dignity and pride in cultivating the same ground that your ancestors laid claim to. I understand the incredible emotional bond a person feels to their home, their land and neighbors, and their community.
Growing up, I didn’t realize how razor -thin the margins were for my family in farming. I only witnessed hard work and determination. I didn’t hear any of the worries my grandpa had, and didn’t understand that most people don’t work for 12 hours on a good day. Working at Farm Aid, I’ve come to understand the challenges many farmers face in a system that is stacked against them. I always knew how precious farm life was; I’ve now learned how threatened that life has become.
With my grandparents in mind, I give to Farm Aid every year. I am inspired by my co-workers and I know how hard we work to ensure the money we raise is put to good use for family farmers. I want someone else’s family to be on the land for hundreds of years. I want a new generation growing good food and creating new memories.
I feel a tug of emotion every year at the concert when I see the outpouring of support people have for this work. And I hug farmers who have no clue who I am because I have an unshakable connection and appreciation for what they do for all of us. I might hug the ones who remind me of my grandpa a little harder, and know he would be proud of the work that we are all doing for family farmers.
Will you join me in making a gift to honor a farmer in your family? Or will you make a donation in appreciation for the farmer who grows food for you and the ones you love? Farmers do so much for us. Let’s do all we can to ensure a bright future for family farmers.