By Julie Vrazel
Every year on Thanksgiving—rain or shine, cold or warm—we feed our cattle before we can dig into our feast. It doesn’t matter that it’s a holiday, our bovine family comes first.
Growing up as part of a farming family meant I didn’t have the same routine as my friends from town.
And I’m thankful I didn’t.
As we embark upon the holidays—a time for family and reflection—I find myself reminiscing on the top 10 reasons I’m thankful to be part of a farming family.
10. I have an appreciation for the outdoors, especially fresh air. I didn’t grow up with an Xbox or cable television, because there was too much to explore outside.
9. On a farm, educational opportunities are endless. From naming crops and farm equipment to livestock stewardship and husbandry, I’ve learned about our food from gate to plate. And I’m still learning, because agriculture is ever-changing.