Posted by: Patricia Hysong | August 10, 2016

Old Farmer’s Day- October 12, 2016

Old Farmer’s Day or National Farmer’s Day is celebrated on October 12. 2016 and honors the contributions of farmers throughout the history. Farmers have always been an important part of the society as provider of food and raw materials.

October is a good month for farmers to celebrate Old Farmer’s Day. At this time most of the harvesting is done and the farmers have time to take a little break and celebrate their contributions. Even if you aren’t a farmer take this day to appreciate the hard work of farmers all over the world to provide sufficient food.

Thank you, Paul Harvey for this touching tribute to the Farmer:

And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker.”

So, God made a farmer.

God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows and work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper – and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board.”

So, God made a farmer.

“I need somebody with arms strong enough to rustle a calf yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild… Somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry and have to wait for lunch until his wife’s done feeding visiting ladies – then tell the ladies  to be sure and come back real soon – and mean it.”

So, God made a farmer.

God said, “I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt and watch it die and then dry his eyes and say, ‘maybe next year’… I need somebody that can shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout and shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire… Who can make a harness out of hay wire, feed sacks and shoe scraps…Who, planting time and harvest season, will finish his 40-hour week by Tuesday noon. Then, painin from tractor back, put in another 72.”

So, God made a farmer.

God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double-speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain clouds and yet stop on mid-field and race to help when he sees the first smoke from a neighbor’s place.

So, God made a farmer.

God said, “I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bails…And, yet, gentle enough to yean lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink combed pullets. And who’ll stop his mower for an hour to mend the broken leg of a meadow lark.

So, God made a farmer.

It had 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 days work with a 5-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.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website.


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