Farmer’s are among the hardest workers in any country these days but in the past, wow… life was even harder. There are certain things that wisdom is granted to the aged that just cannot be handed down, that smell in the air, the feel of the soil, the taste of a plant that reveals more than any book could ever tell anyone, particularly about being a farmer. So why celebrate old farmers? Why celebrate anything old? They known more, have experienced more and had to work harder to get the same results. Just remember, a farmer in 2021 will be an old farmer in 2050 and surely things will have become easier by then as well. Today was created sometime back in the mid-1800’s when Old Farmers were still old farmers!
How to celebrate – Visit a farm. Become a farmer. Study the equipment improvement for farmers over the years.
Experience is generally a good thing, for a farmer it is a necessary thing. We learn from other’s mistakes and farming is generally best learned from those who have both failed and succeeded. The older farmers know more than any book can teach and if farming is going to be your profession you really should pay attention.
They are generally quiet, keep to themselves but when they do choose to say something it’s normally pretty astute. The don’t have time to waste it on stupid things like what color the drapes should be or which movie was he best. They are busy living life and growing things so others can put food on the table.
American society came out of agriculture. Some of those people, like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson helped form this country between rotating crops in the field. True, they probably didn’t plant or harvest the fields themselves but they still had to carry the knowledge that only those who farm can know and pass on.
I grew up on a farm and I know of no one wiser than my father who worked from sun up to sunset. I have not retained all he tried to teach me (which was a lot!) but I know he knew as much as any Supreme Court Judge about life… and maybe even more.
How to celebrate – If you know an older farmer, thank them for what they have done. Listen to what older farmers have to say. Find out how many of our leaders have come from a farming background.