The biggest reason is because passing a heritage onto the next generation, helping people get started on their own farm and succeed at it, and shaping the future my kids will grow up in is a huge passion of mine. Daniel feels as strongly as I do.
The second reason – I LOVE people! I love understanding people, watching them grow and change, helping them learn. I love seeing expressions on faces when they get an “ah ha!” moment.
The third reason – I LOVE farming. I love healing the land, leaving it better than I found it. For me, farming is a calling, not just a job. We, at Polyface, take this calling very seriously and with much passion and love.
Interning, Mentoring, Partnering, Germinating.
These words thrill my heart.
Interning – it’s not free labor. It’s learning a new skill. Placing yourself under the tutelage of someone wiser than you. I consider myself an intern to Brie’s amazing cooking skill. I’m always learning something new from her. I appreciate the times that she lets me help her! 🙂
Mentoring – it’s not a dictatorship. It’s guiding. A little like how we approach parenting. There are times when my word is law (Don’t play in the street.) and other times when I simply guide them to making educated choices. (It’s cold outside, do you want your jacket?)
Partnering – it’s not being chained to another person. It’s a relationship. Like a marriage with two people walking side by side toward the same goals.
Germinating – it’s not overpowering. It’s instilling excitement and wonder into the next generation. It’s all the things above with that little extra dose of wonder. It’s planting a seed and helping it grow. It’s empowering.
Now, onto the real reason I wanted to talk about this book. Would you like to read this book with me? Discuss the different topics along the way?
We did this with Folks’, This Ain’t Normal and I thought the discussions and ideas with that book were very interesting.
I certainly don’t want to discuss this on my own. I would like your interest.
Have you read the book already? Great! You’ll be ready to jump in immediately?
Not read it yet? Well, we can take it slow enough for you to catch up.
What do you think? Do you want to have a read-along?
How fast/slow should we go? A couple of chapters per week, one chapter at a time? Just hit the big premises?
Let’s hear from you.