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Farmers and Our Earth

Last week we talked about farmers and the Farmers Market.  It seems only natural to continue this week honoring farmers and our earth.

I came across a BEAUTIFUL  poem to share with you; there really is nothing I can add.

I hope it “touches” you, the way it has for me:

Prayer for the Great Family

Gratitude to Mother Earth, sailing through night and day—
        and to her soil: rich, rare and sweet
                            in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Plants, the sun-facing, light-changing leaf
        and fine root-hairs; standing still through wind
        and rain; their dance is in the flowering spiral grain
                            in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Air, bearing the soaring Swift and silent
        Owl at dawn. Breath of our song
        clear spirit breeze
                            in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Wild Beings, our brothers, teaching secrets,
        freedoms, and ways; who share with us their milk;
        self-complete, brave and aware
                            in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Water: clouds, lakes, rivers, glaciers;
        holding or releasing; streaming through all
        our bodies salty seas
                            in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to the Sun: blinding pulsing light through
        trunks of trees, through mists, warming caves where
        bears and snakes sleep— he who wakes us—
                            in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to the Great Sky
        who holds billions of stars— and goes yet beyond that—
        beyond all powers, and thoughts
        and yet is within us—
        Grandfather Space.
        The Mind is his Wife.
                            so be it.

                                                        after a Mohawk prayer

Gary Snyder, Turtle Island
New Directions, New York, 1974, pp. 24-25


Gratitude to Farmers

This morning, as I was baking a pumpkin for pumpkin soup and peeling carrots to add to it, I thought about the farmers who planted, tended to and harvested these BEAUTIFUL autumn vegetables. And… the farmers who struggle to keep their farms and crops safe, healthy and productive.

As I was thinking about this, I just happened (don’t you love how things “just happen”) to come across a quote by the country singer, Willie Nelson.  May I share this quote with you?

The fight to save family farms isn’t just about farmers. It’s about making sure that there is a safe and healthy food supply for all of us. It’s about jobs, from Main Street to Wall Street. It’s about a better America.

And now, I simply wish to share my gratitude with you and ALL farmers for the truly hard work, love and loyalty that they put forth so that we may have an abundance of food, healthier families and a better America!  Thank you!!!