A resilience like few others
WHILE I don’t have much experience when it comes to farming, I have spent a great deal of time talking to producers in the region and hearing the difficulties they have been going through during this current drought.
I have heard stories that include words like treading water, empty bank accounts and high overdrafts, loneliness, isolation and the list goes on. It is not hard to imagine how difficult it must be to run a property, grow produce and look after livestock with next to no water around. It would be like me trying to put out an edition of the Border Post without access to a computer.
If I were in the above situation you would be sure to find me sitting at my desk staring at my blank screen with a panicked look on my face. And it would be unlikely you would have a Border Post to read the next day. However our Granite Belt farmers, despite having minimal access to one of their greatest production needs, manage to get on with their jobs (this is probably where I would normally insert a comment about our need for Emu Swamp Dam, but I will save that for another edition).
They don’t throw in the towel, give up or panic.
Their resilience and determination to keep going can only be described as inspirational and my respect for their choice of occupation/lifestyle is unending. Mother Nature can be a cruel piece of work when she wants.
She subjects us to the best and worst weather conditions (sometimes on the same day). She has the power to make or break this entire region on a moment’s notice. Still our farmers get up each morning and continue with those odds stacked considerably against them.
See, there is something else that I have heard from our farmers during the current drought, it is that because of everything that they face, strength is gained. Resilience is gained. Persistence and determination just kicks in.
They say that nothing worth doing is ever easy.
But it is always worth it – I am sure that was written by a farmer.