A few key words come to mind when I look back at the years I spent in 4-H: Responsibility, Respect, Trust, Hardship. All of these stem from the education I got from my 4-H project.
|This young boy is watering his pigs|
|We are our animals' caretakers and they trust us to do what is right.|
|This sow has a lot of mouths to feed!|
I will admit that the author of the article was right about one thing. We are forced to harden a piece of our hearts. But from that comes growth and learning. What can we do in the future to prevent these hardships? What has to occur due to nature? However, I also realize the amount of work that goes in to producing a quality product that will feed a family. I understand where my food comes from.
Through my time in 4-H my animals taught me more about real life than a classroom ever has. Yes, I will admit getting that champion ribbon is always fun. But it’s the life skills of responsibility, trust and hardship that will continue to drive my passion for agriculture, and a passion to teach other youth the same lessons as well.
Until next time,