God said, “I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bails, yet gentle enough to tame lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink-combed pullets, who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the broken leg of a meadow lark. It has to be somebody who’d plow deep and straight and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk and replenish the self-feeder and finish a hard week’s work with a five-mile drive to church.
“Somebody who’d bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when his son says he wants to spend his life ‘doing what dad does.'”
So God made a farmer.
To the farmers in our lives: Grandpas and Grandmas, Aunts, Uncles, Sisters,
Cousins, Brothers, Mom and Dads; we love you. We’re grateful for you. We respect those calluses on your hands and cherish the light in your grinning eyes. You sustain us.
We love you a Bushel and a peck.
Happy National Farmers Day!
To commemorate such a meaningful day, we’ve harvested our teammate’s best farm photos. Some are from this year’s harvest. Some are from 20 years ago. From both near and far, these memories take us back where it feels like home.
Warning: a LOT of cut off denim and painful 90’s haircuts coming your way.
Camille takes a spin in the tractor with her brother during harvest. Who says fedoras don’t belong on the farm?
Camille’s brother, sister, and nieces hard at work.
Camille’s niece has the right idea and hauls in the snacks while chugging along with Grandpa. Genius!
Allison is a farm girl through and through. She even got engaged during harvest!
D.K. (white shirt) and his family scooping for sunflower seeds.
Just digging away!
Lee exploring the fields. And blending in.
Having a moment with man’s best friend.
Lee reallllllly know his cows.
Lee, you’re making us sooo nervous! SO CLOSE TO THE TRACTOR.
Levi, Nathan, and their wives appreciate a day on the horses.
Just a wee lad when Levi had his first taste of the John Deere life.
Maddie found an interesting farm cat outside the farm house (is…is that a pug?).
Maddie (white shirt) also found time to reward a hard working farm dog with a snuggle.
Madeline has always had a taste for the farm life.
Mia’s horses enjoy their farm almost as much as she does.
Mia is seen taking her horses off the farm to show them around the ring.
I think we can all agree a rainbow looks best over a field.
Rachel (right) gets down and dirty to coax out a hiding barn cat.
Shannon is taking some time to check out the ol’ Haybuster.
Shannon always has room to hold a few kitty cats.
Terri’s nieces and nephews take on Hale Bale Mountain.
Would you look at this absolute unit?
More hay bales!
The best view point— on a horse.
Shannon is cheesin’ behind the big rig.
A relaxed farm cat captured by Mia.
Sam hitches a ride from his mom on his grandma’s farm.
Aaron and Kristian’s family utilizes the farm space for a nice game of croquet.
Mia’s dad keeps the hay rollin. Horses gotta eat!