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Giving thanks

Posted 5/6/2013 5:09pm by Shiloh Avery.
Sandy planting potatoes Jason and Lee building a cabin

Shiloh's mom Sandy planting potatoes and Jason' dad Lee building the cabin

I spoke with a reporter the other day was doing an article on our mentor farmers, Alex and Betsy Hitt of Peregrine Farm.  (Here's the actual article: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/04/30/2858861/one-farm-grows-many-farmers.html)  I found myself comparing them to parents.  In a sense, they “raised” us as farmers.  This got me thinking about parents, and how they’re never really done “raising” their children.  Both of our parents have helped immensely with the start-up of our farm and continue to do so.  In fact, each time they visit, they work their butts off!  We once tried to take a day off while my folks were visiting and they refused (“No! There’s work to be done!).  Jason’s father “visited” us specifically this spring to help Jason build our third employee cabin.  It’s not just us either (as I’m sure many of you parents can relate).  I delivered to Hatch last week and it was Zach’s mom who greeted me at the door, readying the restaurant for opening. As if we weren’t approaching 40, they still take care of us.  They lend us tools, expertise, labor and money (not to mention love).  It is not any different with our mentor farmers.  10 years after working there, they’re still “raising” us as farmers.  We still call for expert advice and even borrow tools from time to time.  We owe our careers to our parents, both biological and “adopted.”  As I watch the rain out my office window pour incessantly down on our fields, I’d like to take this moment to say “thanks.”

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