Farm­ers are ‘the salt of the earth’

The Glengarry News - - News - Richard Moore, Alexan­dria

The Edi­tor, The long stand­ing importance of salt in me­dieval so­ci­ety gave rise to its im­mense value where by only the aris­toc­racy could af­ford its use, and when do­ing so, sat above the more com­mon peo­ple who were “be­low the salt.”

The old and new tes­ta­ments con­tain nu­mer­ous ref­er­ences to salt in var­i­ous con­texts, and used metaphor­i­cally to sig­nify per­ma­nence, loy­alty, value and dura­bil­ity. In that respect, the bi­ble of­ten refers to the Sea of Galilee fish­er­men as “salt of the earth.” As fish­er­men use the sea to pro­duce value, farm­ers use the land in a like fash­ion and so are also de­serv­ing of the ex­pres­sion “salt of the earth.”

The her­itage of Glen­garry farm­ers stems from the fact that this county’s early de­vel­op­ment was at the hand of farm­ers. For over 200 years, Glen­garry’s econ­omy re­lied on its farm­ers and their loy­alty to the soil. To­day no other in­dus­try in Glen­garry County can com­pare to the value that has been cre­ated through farm­ing and hence to the eco­nomic well-be­ing of this county.

To that end, I re­fer to the farm­ers of Glen­garry County as ‘salt of the earth.’ In a more ex­pres­sive na­ture of my sen­ti­ments, the fol­low­ing few lines of po­etry will serve as tes­ta­ment to my be­lief. To be a farmer you should be proud Although your ac­tions are un­der a cloud From the pow­ers that be, re­stric­tions may entail

Ac­tiv­i­ties on the land should not you pre­vail. To be a farmer you should be proud When voices you hear are clear and loud ‘A farmer is what I want to be But ex­per­tise and knowl­edge are lack­ing in me.’ To be a farmer you should be proud For the land you work and have en­dowed Food for the cities, and even the towns And your so­ci­etal con­tri­bu­tions --al­ways renown. To be a farmer you should be proud Work­ing with na­ture -- a gift so al­lowed Why praise for farm­ers af­ter all’s said and done

Well that’s sim­ple of course -- I used to be one.

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