Yesterday was Thanksgiving, so many of you can probably guess that this post will be about things I am thankful for.
You would be correct!
Yesterday as we gathered all together as a family, I didn't expect to talk about the Howdy Farm at all, but in a surprising turn of events it became the topic of several conversations. To start off, last week my parents visited the farm and bought some produce at our market. At our Thanksgiving meal we enjoyed a salad made with Howdy Farm lettuce! I had no idea it would be served, and actually didn't know it was there until I had already eaten my salad. It tasted great, and once the word was out, I had family member after family member come by and compliment me on the great food we produced on the farm! I thought it was so incredible to mix my work with my family, and realized that essentially that is what the farm strives to do. Farming is about bringing people together and providing food and other products for the ones we love. I've always known this since my whole family farms, but it was different to experience it on a more personal level. It made me really grateful that I was able to continue farming even while I was in college, and promote a different side of something so important to my family.
A couple of hours later, my Aunt Martha remembered a newspaper article she had brought from home. She passed around a clipping of the Houston Chronicle titled, "Even Beyond Pigskin, Aggieland Worth a Trip". The page included a list of places and urged visitors to expand the scope of their trips further than Kyle Field and find the hidden treasures of Texas A&M's campus. Lo and behold, one of the 8 places mentioned was the Howdy Farm! I could not believe it!! The article was a short one explaining our goal of sustainability and our role of teaching students how to grow and care for different varieties of plants. It even concluded with a picture of Corey posing with freshly planted vegetable seedlings.
This made me extremely thankful for the opportunity I have had to work on the farm this semester. When you spend each week harvesting vegetables, sometimes you forget the goal of your job. Or at least sometimes I have. The goal is not how many peppers I can harvest or how many heads of lettuce I can fit into one cooler. The goal is to learn how sustainable agriculture works and how I can use it in my life. How can I use this experience to better the lives of other people? God didn't give me this opportunity and expect me to waste all the knowledge I've gained: He expects me to make a difference in the world and teach others how to cultivate and take care of the land He provided for us. Before starting this internship, I didn't know much about gardening in a way that would make others interested in knowing how food was produced, however now, I realize the importance of growing in a way that allows others the chance to fall in love with the land.