For the last eight or so years, I have been learning about agriculture. I started out on a fall tour here inTennessee because my husband told me there would be food. Since then I have been bless to represent Tennessee as a final four winner for Discussion meet, the outstanding Young Woman, Brian and I were the Environmental Stewardship winners, the State Excellence in Agriculture Winners, and were in the Top Ten at the American Farm Bureau Excellence in Agriculture competition. Whew, that is a lot of stuff. Brian and I have also served on numerous committees through out the years. So, what started as a weekend trip in search of food has ended up changing my life in all the best of ways. I have friends all over the country and know more about where my food comes from. I am not afraid of modern agriculture and understand why farmers do what they do. So, now as a 4-H show mom, I am learning more.
Life never really is what you expect. I would have never thought in my growing years that as a Mom of three, I would love spending my time off wiping pigs butts. But I do. See it’s show time for Market Hogs here in TN. We just finished the regional show today and have the state show tomorrow. So while tired I am feeling truly blessed for Brian who has taught me his love of agriculture.
I love seeing my kids get in the show ring and try. Try, even when they have been so nervous that they have thrown up or just gotten run over by a pig. Life, real life, is best when it is worked for and earned. Not just handed to you. 4-H helps teach that.
I am blessed to have many helpers on this road and look forward to meeting many more, but the extension agents like our Very own Randle Kimes who go above and beyond to helps these kids shine in the ring are a priceless treasure. Randle and the men and women like him, give of the hearts, souls, and time. So to the families of the agents, especially. Mr. Randle Kimes family, thank you all for sharing these special people with us, so our children can grow up proud of what they have accomplished.
From a weekend looking for food, I have found my love of agriculture and the people in it. Farmers work long hard hours with very little thanks, and most never complain. The men and women of American agriculture give you the liberty of questioning now and why they raise your food. And somewhere in that job includes (for me at least) working tirelessly as a Dad to help his kids show.
I look forward to the future as I am continuing to learn both as a Show Mom but as also as an American agriculturist. Hope you enjoy the journey.
Show on kids…