You’ve heard that growing up on a farm develops character. One of the interesting parts about inviting lots of people to our farm is that our visitors tell me stories about their farm memories. I love these stories, and the way they reveal the character of our visitors. As part of an article for the Sr. Perspective that will be published in June, I asked some people for permission to share their stories:
“Growing up on the farm taught us what faith was,” reminisced Kevin Wassenaar of Prinsburg, “because in the spring Dad and grandpa were putting crops in the ground and you didn’t know if you’d have crops at the end of the season. The fall was always my favorite season, because it was the fruition of the labors and prayers of the summer and spring.”
Wassenaar’s family planted an acre of potatoes each spring, to be used in the school hot lunch program. His brothers and he would have to hoe and harvest the potatoes, and bring them to the school. Now, his family lives in town, and they are glad to be able to take their children to visit grandpa’s farm, and to our farm for the strawberry harvest.
Not many children have access to ‘Grandpa’s Farm’ anymore, and they are losing a vital piece of our agricultural heritage and the lessons of faith that come with farming.
Soon, we will be welcoming school groups from both MACCRAY and CMCS, and we are looking forward to sharing with them the joy of a wagon ride, the pleasure of playing with baby animals, and the rhythm of caring for the crops.
Are you making plans now to come to the farm? We don’t know exact dates yet, but probably late June through early July you will be able to bring the children in your life to experience real farming and a sweet harvest.
This pre-school class from CMCS had a blast last spring!
Here is a video peek into last week’s strawberry planting with friends and family! We took a break halfway through planting to burn the CRP land, which was a spectacular way to celebrate with the people that came out to help us!
We’d be honored if you wrote firstname.lastname@example.org to share your childhood lessons from ‘Grandpa’s farm’.
With deep appreciation,
Sarah Brouwer and family
P.S. Don’t forget that the strawberry season is ONLY THREE WEEKS long! You’ve put up with too much winter to miss this chance for a sweet summer memory!