From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Thoughts About My Neighbor's Wheatfield

Bread on the stem



Wheat

Do they still teach little children that bread is made from flour and that flour is made from the wheat that farmers grow? It's important that they know that farming is an honorable occupation and that farm products are vital to our nation and the world.

Food doesn't magically sprout from the grocery store shelves. If it weren't for the farmers who grow our food, we'd have to grow it ourselves. Do they tell school children that, nowadays?

The wheat in the photo above is in our Mennonite neighbor's field, across the road from our house. The tallest stalks are a full five feet. This field should make a lot of straw in addition to many bushels of grain. Well done, Willis, and thank you.

2 comments:

Sarabeth said...

A few years ago, my daughter's pre-school class discussed where food comes from--meaning a farm. They made butter from cream brought by a local farmer. That short lesson has stuck with her ever since.

Genevieve said...

That's excellent. I'm glad to hear it!

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