Community Agriculture Alliance: Celebrating the farmer in all of us

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— Many of us in the farming industry have the following “Farmer’s Creed” hanging in a prominent location in our homes. It reminds us of our daily purpose and gives us the strength to come together and pull up our boot straps when we are affected by nature’s obstacles.

This valley is rich in farming and ranching traditions and with the arrival of fall, it is especially evident. The wheat fields have turned gold and harvest is in full swing. Hay is being cut and stored or sold and delivered all across the country. Safflower, oats and barley also are ready for the fall cut. Farmers markets are ripe with fruits and vegetables, and there is nothing more grounding for all of us than enjoying the fruits of our labor.

Recently, the Community Agriculture Alliance did come soul searching to solidify its purpose as an organization. What was determined was very simple and grounding. We exist because agriculture matters. It matters to the farmer, the rancher, the gardener, the businesses selling local produce, the fuel providers, the ranch supply stores and the clothing industry. The list goes on and on. Agriculture touches us all on a basic level, and it is important to remind ourselves of its value.

Vonnie Frentress is the President of the Routt County Farm Bureau.

'A Farmer’s Creed'

I believe a man’s greatest possession is his dignity and that no calling bestows this more abundantly than farming.

I believe hard work and honest sweat are the building blocks of a person’s character.

I believe that farming, despite its hardships and disappointments, is the most honest and honorable way a man can spend his days on this earth.

I believe farming nurtures the close family ties that make life rich in ways money can’t buy.

I believe my children are learning values that will last a lifetime and can be learned in no other way.

I believe farming provides education for life and that no other occupation teaches so much about birth, growth and maturity in such a variety of ways.

I believe many of the best things in life are indeed free: the splendor of a sunrise, the rapture of wide-open spaces and the exhilarating sight of your land greening each spring.

I believe that true happiness comes from watching your crops ripen in the field, your children grow tall in the sun, your whole family feel the pride that springs from their shared experience.

I believe that by my toil I am giving more to the world than I am taking from it, an honor that does not come to all men.

I believe my life will be measured ultimately by what I have done for my fellow man, and by this standard I fear no judgment.

I believe when a man grows old and sums up his days, he should be able to stand tall and feel pride in the life he’s lived.

I believe in farming because it makes all this possible.

— author unknown, written for New Holland

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