What makes you a farmer? Obviously, the job description has to include the production of food, fuel or fiber. Beyond that, what are some of the common qualities inherent in all farmers? Leah Brakke (daughter-in-law of Top Producer of the Year Greg Halverson) offered five great suggestions on the Black Gold Farms blog. You can read the full entry here, but here is her basic blueprint:
1. Farmers are friendly.
2. Farmers like to have fun.
3. Farmers are realistic.
4. Farmers live in a constant puzzle.
5. Farmers want to farm.
In the spirit of this list, I’ll throw in a couple of my own.
6. Farmers wear many hats. You’re not just a farmer. You’re a scientist. A mechanic. A computer technician. An accountant. A salesman. The list goes on. The act of farming doesn’t stop when the last bushel is in the bin.
7. Farmers have a story to tell. Some farmers are active on Twitter and Facebook. Some simply share a smile and a friendly hello at the local coffee shop. However you interact with your community, do your best to put your best foot forward for agriculture.
What other qualities do you think are important for farmers to possess?