Life on the Farm with Roger--The American Farmer
Roger Moore is a God-fearing, successful businessman, who has another side to him. He loves animals, and that puts an honest smile on his face I have seen this man in serious situations, where he has had to make decisions in a moment’s notice, but yesterday was the first time that I had ever seen him completely relaxed, enjoying his farm and what life hands him there.
This is a gentle man that enjoys goat husbandry and the happiness that it brings him. It matters not that he is up at all hours tending kids that were not accepted by their mother. To him, it is just another day on the farm.
He and his mother, Jean, have cared for animals over many years. It doesn’t matter that Jean is now ninety. You can see her face light up when she tends these animals, and how it is a good reason to do what she does. She has raised pigs in barrels. It’s just something that you do because you have to do it.
This is how a true animal lover lives. There is plenty on their plates at all times, yet when it comes to their animals, they always come first. It is how nature intended it, and when it is said that the meek shall inherit the earth, it was the people that tend the animals and the animals themselves that was meant.
Life on a Farm
Look around you and see the beauty that is right in your own back yard. Many of us just take so much of nature for granted, as it is hard to find the time to really relax these days. There is just so much that we have to do and be responsible for continually. It isn’t easy to raise a family, work, and try to fit in all the daily chores that are so necessary in living a full life.
When one lives on a farm, it is early to bed and early to rise. The animals have to bed fed, as do those that care for them. There are eggs to be collected, goats to be milked, and right now, it is the season for birthing. Roger has helped birth three litters, six goats in three days, and all of these goats are first time mothers. Most of them were raised in the living room of his home, but again, it’s all part of a day on the farm. Then he has to go to work out of the house after sometimes being up the better part of the night.
The American Farmer as an Institution
So think about it when you have that big steak on your plate. Think about all the countless hours that local farmers have toiled endless hours for you to enjoy the food that you eat. Think about the dairy farmer that is up early in the morning, ensuring that you have that wonderful, wholesome milk for drinking, and the cheese and butter that you eat. Think about the vegetable farmers that bring you the beautiful and healthy vegetables that your family consumes each day to keep them healthy, and your children grow big and strong.
Also think about the fact that the American farmer may one day be no more if they cannot make ends meet on the little that they receive from the corporations that buy their produce, milk, meat, hay and everything else that they lovingly put into those trucks to be shipped to you as quickly as possible to ensure the health of your families. Think about how organic farming will keep you well and healthy for the rest of your lives, and make sure that the American farmer can keep doing this for you by paying him or her a fair wage. Don’t let farming go by the wayside in our lifetimes. It is too important to our well-being. Think about it, and act upon it, before it is too late.