“The Sweet Story of Agriculture”
Greetings from the gently rolling hills of south central Pennsylvania where my husband, Charles and I live in Franklin County on a farm that has been in the Myers family for five generations.
“God grants liberty to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.” Daniel Webster
July is the month we celebrate our freedom. I am so blessed and thankful for the liberty I have because of the courage and faith brave men and women have shown to guard and defend our country, America!
Our freedom as farmers to till the soil, plant the seed and harvest the crops has been challenged over the years and the challenges continues to face us as farmers. American Farm Bureau Federation is the unified national voice of agriculture, working through our grassroots organization with membership exceeding 5,000,000 to enhance and strengthen the lives of rural Americans and to build strong, prosperous agricultural communities. Many individuals have sacrificed their time and energy in stepping up to the plate and speaking up for agriculture. If we as farmers are going to have freedom in farming; we need to belong to organizations like Farm Bureau who is our Voice in Agriculture. Thank you Farm Bureau! I am Farm Bureau Proud!
We were recently blessed with this beautiful spacious sky. God is the perfect artist.
Picture of the Franklin Co Sky
(Franklin County, Pa Storm Chasers Weather Imagery’s)
“O Beautiful for Spacious Skies” is one of my favorite patriotic songs. O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee. And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!
Amber waves of grain —the harvest of the grain is happening right now in Pennsylvania! There are different kinds of grain …rye, wheat, barley and oats. When the grain is ready for harvest the grain turns a beautiful color of golden yellow amber. Harvest occurs when the grain is fully developed and matured and is ready to be taken off of the stalk by a machine called a combine.
The grain which is in the head of the stalk is collected into the bin of the combine and then taken to a grain bin to dry so it does not heat and mold. The grain is used to feed cattle and to produce food for you and me. Grain helps feed the world!
If we listen to the words of songs we may see the teaching that is available to us to tell our farm story.
As our population continues to rapidly increase; the knowledge of where our food come from is rapidly decreasing with more and more people becoming further removed from firsthand knowledge about agriculture. The need is great to educate and connect citizens to agriculture. As a farmer, and producer of our food; I do not want citizens young or old to be ignorant about where their food, fiber and fuel come from!
At the birth of our nation, Pennsylvania, the Keystone State was one of the 13 original colonies and agriculture has always played an important role in our development and economy. Agriculture is the number one industry in Pennsylvania. Recently, I had the privilege to be part of The National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference; where 494 educators and people with a passion for educating like myself, came from across the nation to Hershey, Pennsylvania, the chocolate town of the world to learn “The Sweet Story of Agriculture”.
Excitement and anticipation was in the air as The National Ag in the Classroom Conference got into full action with over 100 exciting, engaging and interactive workshops covering a multitude of topics like nutrition, ecology, agriculture’s place in civilization, food uses, the use of integrated pest management and the relationship between our food production and the environment.
Visit http://pfbphotographers.zenfolio.com/2014naitc for more photos from the conference.
One of the award teachers shared that he did not feel it was necessary to bring the story of farming into his classroom because their area was rural; until the day a student commented that “farm food is gross”. The student stated that his food came from the grocery store and his food never looked like “farm food being in the ground and covered with all that dirt; farm food is gross.” The teacher’s eyes were opened in seeing the need of telling his students about farming and where their food comes from…field and farm to home and table.
This conference served as an excellent venue for sharing the need to teach, learn and share the role that agriculture plays in our daily lives. The National Ag in the Classroom encourages K-12 educators to learn the farming story to take back to the classroom or to friends and neighbors. Visit www.agclassroom.org where a variety of resources are available. Choose one that is your passion and start telling “The Sweet Story of Agriculture”.
Start telling your friends, family and neighbors and make plans to attend The National Ag in the Classroom, June 16-20, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. Stay tuned to www.agclassroom.org/2015conference for more exciting news about the upcoming 2015 conference.
Agriculture in the Classroom is a great way to generate excitement among students of all ages by offering opportunities for hands-on learning experiences using real-life instructional materials, everyday situations and current issues in agriculture.
Let FREEDOM ring and start sharing “The Sweet Story of Agriculture”.