With the holidays approaching and winter firmly upon us, it’s a good time to sit down and take a few moments to appreciate our Billings Farm staff, as well as farmers everywhere!
Work begins at 4:00 a.m. each day with milking and barn chores, and ends when the afternoon milking and chores are finished and the cows are fed and comfortable for the night. Despite the worst downpour or blizzard, the work continues! We thank everyone who’s in a barn right now, working to help put food on our tables…
They’ll be in the barns on Christmas Day, as they were on Thanksgiving, and that’s part of the job. In tribute, we’ve included some of our favorite black and white shots of the Billings Farm staff from this year, as well as a few of the amazing animals that are such a big part of their lives. There’s also a small poem about what it means to be a farmer that you might consider sending to the farmers in your life as a show of gratitude for all they do:
Ode to Farmers by Tom Remp
I’ll raise my glass to all the farmers,
who never saw the sun go down
and rose before the dawn.
I’ll drink to them that braved the seasons,
bent double ‘gainst a clawing wind
half-buried in the snow.
I’ll think of those who baked in summer
shackled to the harvest time,
tending to a lowing herd.
Wiped mud from eyes and kept on going
backs creaking with the change
hands buried half-in slop.
Who dealt with bulls and sheep and oxen,
crouched down to milk and braved the kicks
and gave some life to silent calves.
Ey, I’ll raise my glass to all the farmers,
Who’d do it all again.