On the Farm
The life lessons, strong values and cherished memories I’ve gained from the farm will stay in my heart forever.
Lessons in faith and hard work will stay in her heart forever.
As the sun begins to peek over the barn, the sunrise paints a colorful image in the abundant sky. Morning is upon us. I rise from bed and make my way to the creaky old staircase where my worn boots, faded baseball cap and warm oversized jacket hang.
As I begin to throw on my gear for the day, I can’t forget the tradition we have at the farm. Coffee before chores, always. Sometimes it seems as if a strong cup of coffee is the only thing that keeps me sane.
Coffee with Grandpa is when he and I make small talk and discuss the business that needs to be taken care of throughout our work day. Because it takes awhile, we drink our fair share.
My days always begin the same—cold and still half asleep, I begin to trudge out the door. I walk the bumpy dirt path to our tall, white-brick barn, and the cool breeze hits me. It sends a million shivers running throughout my body, as if I had been shocked by an electric fence.
The barn door squeaks open, and lights illuminate where my day will be spent, where countless hours of hard work will take place.
Family and faith come first on the farm, and family means the world to me. Without them, I don’t know how I could be where I am today. Family members always support, they always teach and they are always there.
The Bible states, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” And I couldn’t find that to be more true. On the farm, you need a strong faith that the weather will cooperate so your crop can be large and abundant. Faith that no sickness will fall upon your family or your herd. Faith that every new day will bring new opportunities.
You need to wake up with a different mindset from most people. Farming is about making mistakes every day and getting thrown down in the dirt, but having the courage—and strength—to stand back up and brush yourself off.
Some think farming is easy.
I’m here to say it can be done, but it will be far from easy. You will get oozing blisters, muscles that feel torn, and you’ll feel like giving up. But every moment is worth it.
When I hear the expression, “Were you born in a barn?” I just smile and answer confidently, “I sure was, and I’m proud of it.” Hard work, determination, good manners and a strong faith come from the farm. But those things are hard to come by, and that’s why many question why someone would choose this lifestyle.
People may see me as just an old-school farm kid who enjoys dirt under her fingernails and finds baling hay to be a good time. They may look at me as if I’m a crazy person who needs to get with the times and technology.
But I look at them with eyes of passion when I speak of the farm. In life, you need to find a passion and never stop until that dream you’ve longed for and worked hard for comes true.
Since before I could remember, I was out in the fields with Grandpa Curtis and the hitched team. My feet were dangling from the plow seat. We would talk about anything and everything as the sun beat down. I would sit wide-eyed with a delighted smile that stretched from ear-to-ear.
The farm isn’t just a bumpy dirt road leading to that rundown barn that smells of hay and manure. The happy memories and stories I’ve gained will stick with me forever.
I’ve learned from being a farm kid all my life that nothing will ever come easily to those who don’t try. Anything can be done. It’s just a matter of how far you are willing to go to make that happen.
Life is full of adventure, bumpy paths and windy roads. You need to be accepting of new experiences and ideas, especially on the farm.
I’ve learned never to take things for granted, because our time on this Earth is limited. Make the most out of every second.
This family farm will hold a special place in my heart as life’s journey continues, and as I go on to study farm operation and management at Ridgewater College.
And when I bag up all my life lessons, memories and takeaways to follow that dirt road to a bigger, brighter field, I know I will never leave a shadow over my family or faith. I will let the bright light shine down upon them.
No matter what my future holds, you’ll find me out in that field doing what I love—farming.
“Farming is about making mistakes every day and getting thrown down in the dirt, but having the courage—and strength—to stand back up and brush yourself off.” – BRITTANY HIRSCH
Brittany fondly recalls childhood rides with Grandpa Curtis.
No matter what this farm girl’s future holds, she will always return to the land she loves.