Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Blessing of a Farm & a Farmer's Prayer

One of the reasons that I blog is to put a face on the people (like us) who raise the food that America eats.   We have a joke around here, that farmers never quit farming until they die.  So sitting recently at the funeral for a dear family farmer friend who passed away at 92 (and was active on his farm up until his death), I wanted to share the following poem:

A Farmer's Prayer
by Robin Fogle

Lord, bless the land you've given me,
and may I always know
As I tend each crop and creature
You're the One who helps them grow.

Grant me the strength and wisdom
Please protect me from harm.
And thank You
For your Gracious gift -
The blessing of a farm.

And yes, it is true, we do feel very blessed to be farmers and value the farm friends that make life a beautiful time here on earth.  And speaking of earth, Farmer Joe has a couple of videos, the first one shows him spraying the weeds to help garbanzo fields stay free of grassy weeds.

The second video is about readying a field for test plots for our local university - many farmers, like us set aside an acre or two for the universities to plant and test out new breeds of wheat in a real conditions.

Last week I've spent lots of time cooking, as we hosted 2 different dinner meetings at our farmhouse, then I helped with food for a couples bridal shower for our youngest daughter & her fiance later on in that week ( yup sometimes I think I am certifiably nuts- but maybe that is my true "charm"). 

Pictured below are the dedicated board members, plus a few guests of the board members and executive director from the Idaho Grain Producers Association.

Menu: Steaks, potato salad, garbanzo salad, cowboy beans, and for dessert-  lentil brownies! Yummm
Farmer Joe is at a barley meeting out of state, I have been overseeing the cleaning of the barn for our daughter's upcoming wedding reception, so life has been a bit hectic, not to mention everything else that life throws in just for the heck of it.  Anyway, I plan to get out there and showcase some of the area farms and farmer friends so you get an "up close and personal view of others who farm for a living".   There is a really good website that talks about food dialogue from the US Farmers and Rancher Alliance, so check it out if you get a chance.

Plus, much to my youngest daughter's grumbling about showing up in the farm blog, I will be chatting about the wedding activities too.  (one of the reasons to have kids, 1) make them do all the work.... 2) to get to have a little bit of fun at their expense) he he he....
As always, thanks for stopping by and please email me if you have questions at
All my best, Gayle