Farmers are ‘the salt of the earth’
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.