Growing With ISP Summer ’16

2016 Summer
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Summer has arrived, and fortunately the longer day length gives us almost enough time to get our daily tasks completed.  Unfortunately, the important word in the first sentence is “almost”.  Caring for our crops is a never-ending task … watering, ensuring nutrient is available at optimum levels, checking and preparing for potential disease and pest issues, harvesting produce crops.

At the end of the day, one can reflect that we completed most of our tasks, hopefully the important ones anyway.  We go to bed tired, already thinking about what lies ahead tomorrow.  The chores are endless … but we embrace them with enthusiasm because we also have the opportunity to enjoy the feeling of accomplishment when we see the results of our labor.  There is a very special feeling in agriculture; of being connected to our world in a manner that many people do not get to experience.  And yes, it is worth all of the hours, the sweat, and the frustrations … as we see the results.  The boxes of colorful and delicious produce, the bushels of corn, the bales of sweet hay.  We know our work makes a difference, it’s important and it’s something that most simply won’t do.

In growing produce we can also enjoy the smile on our costumers faces, the light in their eyes as they tell us how much they enjoyed eating what we grew.  So, embrace the tasks, remain enthusiastic … rest is only several months away.

Striving for success without hard work, is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted – David Bly

As a farmer you learn quick, you don’t get anything you don’t work hard for. – Evan Thomas

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