It seems strangely fitting on this 22nd of April – the 46th annual Earth Day – we have endured light, soaking rainfall which has allowed us to pause and appreciate the beauty around us. After a little over a week of finally getting out in the fields and running around like chickens with our heads cut off (no we have not started planting yet, much to Rolie’s chagrin), we are taking a breather. If you have not yet done so today, do yourself a favor. Take a look out your window and watch the robins poke around for worms, take a walk outside and breathe in the fresh air or listen to the sound of rain on your roof.
Nature is pretty darn neat!
Earth Day to us is a celebration of the soil, water, sun, air, and nutrients that allow us to sustainably and productively grow food. The relationship between nature and mankind has always been complex, perhaps never moreso than in today’s world. As global leaders from over 155 countries sign the Paris Agreement on Earth Day 2016, we are reminded of our duty to be stewards of this planet. We as farmers are tasked with responsibly managing the soil, the water and the environment as a whole, striving to not only maintain but improve these precious resources for generations to come. Images of burning rain forests and toxic algae blooms and barren soils are very real images to a real number of people. Isolated mountain streams with rising levels of phosphorus is alarming (see study: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acs.est.5b05950). Advertising campaigns exploiting emotion for profit has become the norm. In a digital age where information is more available than ever, but “good” information is seemingly harder than ever to find, what can we do?
Do the little things. Care. Love. Plant a tree. Grow a garden. Build a flowerbed. Sit on a bench and watch the world go by. These things really do make a difference. According to emaze.com, two mature trees can provide enough oxygen for a family of four! Think about that!! Two trees and your family has oxygen! How neat is that?
So please, join us and take a moment. Appreciate all that is around you. We are incredibly lucky to call this planet Earth our home, and we need to make sure future generations can say the same. Happy Earth Day everyone!