Lessons Learned on the Farm

With farming comes responsibility, risk, hard work and patience. These are just a few of the obstacles that we, as farmers, face on any given day. You learn hard skills, like how to properly sow seeds and you learn "soft" skills that you carry with you throughout the rest of your life. People respect farming,  not because anyone can do it, but because it takes time to be successful and progress is not always linear or exponential.

So here are a few of the daily lessons we've learned throughout our days of farming. Hopefully these messages help you if you're reading this and have had a rough morning, or if you're going through something.. :)

1. Things take time to grow. 

(This includes yourself. Be patient and accept how far you've come).

2. Do your research. 

(Become an expert and pursue your interests. Knowledge of what you are doing decreases your chances of making mistakes and increases your likelihood of success).

3. Expose yourself to new idea's and alternative ways of doing things. 

(Continue to look for new ways of doing things and don't settle on one way of operating.  Flexibility is a must!)

4. Take time to let your mind wander.

(If you THINK about it, we rarely get to spend time just allowing our mind to race and think and process our experiences, so don't feel guilty if you need this time to decompress).

5. Don't be afraid to say "no". 

(Yes, you may want to achieve 5 million things in a day, but make sure that you are fair to yourself and your abilities.  Rather than dwelling on the things that have not been finished, it is important to take a step back and appreciate what you have already accomplished).

Again, these are just a few of the many universal lessons that we've learned on the farm. These are applicable to our every day lives, both on and off the farm. Don't be afraid of failing and learning new things.

First share of the season! :)


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