Wednesday, 25 November 2015

I Asked Lincs Farmers What Makes Them Happy and Here's What they said...

The last few weeks, I've had the opportunity to catch up with some Lincolnshire farmers and i have asked them all this one simple question, "What makes you really happy?"

Here's what they said...

1. "RAIN WHEN WE NEED IT." 


A farmers life, well being and family are dependent on the weather. Trust me, you don't really know what gambling is until you risk every penny you have to put a crop in the ground and then wait to see if it produces something. 
Farmers depend on the rain and they pray fervently for rain to help their crops grow.

2. "A FREE PAIR OF PLIERS."



Honestly, a free anything makes farmers really happy. This is why trade shows where equipment dealers, seed salesman, fertilizer and chemical reps and association staff are so popular with farmers. I mean, they all love talking about farming, but if they get to talk about farming and get a free flashlight or a free pair of pliers or just a pen? They are in heaven. 
If we're really honest with each other, isn't this true of all of us? Wouldn't we all love a free cup of Costa Coffee. You see, they aren't all that different from the rest of us. 

Farmers use tools and gloves and flashlights every day of their lives and who wouldn't want that stuff for free?

3. "AN EARLY MORNING SCOUTING SESSION."


Picture it: a Beautiful sunrise, a dewy morning. The temperature hovers at 21 degrees and there's a light breeze blowing. You are driving through the country with the windows down catching a glimpse of the land your family has farmed for years. Your heart swells with pride to see the corn seedlings emerging in long green rows that are barely visible right now, but will be inches tall soon. 

Farmers are connected to the earth. It's no wonder that enjoying nature and seeing plants grow makes them immensely happy. 

4. "FAMILY AND TRADITION."


Everyone loves their family and farmers are no different but i do think there's a special place on tradition in farming families. Because land doesn't move, families stay in one town for many generations. Extended families stay together. Christmas at Grandma's is the same every year and it's likely the same as it was when her Grandma did it. Dad's first tractor stays in the family and everyone comes together on Memorial Day to care for generations of family graves. 

Farmers are invested in their families and their farms long-term, because they have stood the test of time and they will last for years and years in the future. it's a part of the lifestyle on the farm.


What did I miss? Are there things that make you really happy? 
Let me know in the comments!?!

Abbiemay 
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