Appreciating Farming Communities & What They Do For Us #AmericasFarmers

Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with America's Farmers. All opinions are my own.

I grew up in Watkinsville, a huge rural farming community in Georgia. Although it has grown drastically in size and structure over the years, farming families founded the area and still remain a strong and important part of our community. Farms have been in our family for many years, dating back to three generations, so I experienced work on a farm first-hand as a child. Every Sunday, my grandma made us a delicious dinner made completely from scratch, mostly using items from her garden and from the farm. All the kids would get so excited to visit because there were always animals roaming about, including cows, goats, roosters and free range chickens.
Farming has provided for my family for many years and continues to do so. One of my favorite memories as a child was hunting Easter eggs out in the pasture. The entire field would be full of kids running around, searching for the infamous prize egg! We had so much fun and also learned so much about a different way of life while there. Farming is such hard work and takes much dedication. My Dad has passed on his strong work ethic and dedication from his own experiences while growing up and I'm forever grateful. It's so important to think about the foods we purchase and where they come from. Walking through the produce section of our local market, I could imagine the corn I selected growing in the field along with green beans, tomatoes and lettuce. Without America's Farmers, there are so many items that would not be readily available. I can't even imagine.
When I read about the Boyd family, I could completely relate to their life on their farm. They also live in Eastern Georgia and raise cotton, peanuts, corn, cattle and vegetables on their farm. Stemming back five generations, their farm has been the inspiration for Will Boyd and his brother to do more in their community and to educate others about their worth. Will also wears the hat of County Commissioner and Ben is on the Georgia Farm Bureau State Board, Past American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee, and a past member of the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors and the National Cotton Board. They definitely keep busy!

You can easily tell that the Boyd brothers are not only interested in their work, but invested in the future development of farming. Of course, they want to make smart decisions and teach their own children about farming so they can continue the tradition.

We are so thankful for our local farmers and everything they do for us. What do you do to support your local farmers? We visit ours for seasonal you-pick events, such as strawberries in the spring and apples in the fall. We also visit our local farmer's market!

This post was created in partnership with America's Farmers. All opinions are my own.


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