Well, hello there, dear folks!
To close out International Thank A Farmer Month and in continuation of the Thanksgiving spirit, we thought we would share why we are thankful for our local farmers who help fill our pantries and nourish our bodies.
1. Most farmers work 365 days a year to provide our breakfast bowls with milk and cereal and our dinner plates with veggies and meat. We're thankful for their ceaseless dedication.
2. Because farmers walk and work the land, they often are the biggest advocates of earth-friendly practices which keep our hometowns greener and more environmentally peaceful. We are thankful for their sense of soil responsibility and conservation advocacy.
3. For most of us, the ability to obtain food is as easy as a trip to the grocery store or a visit to the local farmers' market. We are thankful for the hard work of each farmer in producing good, clean food. Their efforts provide a lifestyle of ease for all of us.
4. Farmers who participate in the area they live in--and we would venture to say that all of them do!--help to foster a sense of pride and neighborliness. We love scooting down to our local farmers' markets and farmstands not only to chat with the farmers themselves but to also meet new people, visit with neighbors and engage in a bigger social sphere. We are thankful for their dedication to building community!
5. Farmers help to sustain and ground the local economy. This is especially vital for our rural county and for the smaller communities we live, work and play in. We are thankful for each of the 518 farms that help support and grow the Cortland area!
There are endless reasons as to why we are thankful for farms, farmers and local foods here at Seven Valleys Health Coalition...but what about you? Have you thanked a farmer lately? If not, there's never a bad time to do so!
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” -William Arthur Ward