This post was created in partnership with America’s Farmers. All opinions are my own.
America’s Farmers grow a lot more than just crops.
Not only do they grow the crops that feed, clothe, and fuel us but they do it all on less land. In fact, just to equal the amount of food grown today farmers from 50 years ago would need their fields to cover every square inch of the U.S.
Also, did you know America’s farmers grow 23 million American jobs? That’s right; the American agriculture industry supports 23 million U.S. jobs, making them the largest employer in the nation. America’s farmers also grow the economy with a trade surplus of 34 billion dollars – that’s more than any other U.S. industry.
Oh, and here is a little fun fact for you. Did you know that about one acre of soybeans can create 82,368 crayons?
I am proud to be working on the America’s Farmers campaign, which aims to celebrate the livelihood of American farmers and today I am going to introduce you to the Woodrow Family, which is one of eleven featured farm families.
Here’s the low down on the Woodrow’s:
Kelly and Shelley
The Woodrow Family grows corn, wheat, and soybeans.
“I think we’re the best in the world at what we do, so I think it’s up to the American farmer to keep improving the technology, to keep being a better steward to the land, to keep doing better with the quality of grain, to keep feeding the world. I think as long as we do that, we’ll all survive and we’ll all make a good living. That’s what it’s going to take, everybody working together.” – KELLY WOODROW
Kelly Woodrow has been farming since 1979, starting when he was just 18 years old.
He started farming with his dad, Don Woodrow, now retired, and now Kelly’s sons have started farming with him as partners in the operation. The three share all the farm responsibilities equally and work together to make the farm successful. Even Kelly’s father still drives the tractor from time to time.
For the Woodrows, farm life isn’t always easy, but it’s a good life and they love what they do.
What I find most inspiring is that Kelly carried on the family tradition and is working to instill the same values in his own family.I love the tight bond of this family and it’s something I can see in my own life as well. I spend a lot of time with my own family, although it is much smaller than Kelly’s family. I love that they make time for each other and love what they are doing at the farm.
Check out my American Farmers Pinterest board for some great recipe ideas with the crops these great farmers provide.
How do you relate to America’s Farmers? Do you try to buy fresh produce when you can?