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6 Pieces of Yoda Wisdom For Farmers

What can Yoda teach you about farming? Apparently, a lot. It turns out the wisdom of your favourite Jedi Master is pretty far-reaching. Below are six lessons from the little green fella that will resonate with your farming operation:

Yoda Wisdom for Farmers

 

 

 

1. “Do or do not…there is no try.” – Yoda

Limbo is a party game, not a state of being. Sometimes you just need to leap. If

you’ve always wanted to farm, do it. Think differently, find a way and go forward

with purpose and intention. Trying is an important part of learning, but doing so

with full effort is the key.

 

2. “Much to learn, you still have.” – Yoda

You will never be too smart or too good at something. There will always be

someone better than you at certain things. So stir things up, leave your comfort

zone, don’t listen to the status quo. There is always room to grow and a way to

improve on your systems. Be a forever learner, because it’s never too late to learn

something new.

 

3. “Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.” – Yoda

Often, our fears can be so powerful they halt us into inaction. Letting go of our fears

means that they cannot control us, they have no say in our story. If you are ever

afraid to try a new way or implement a new practice into your operation ask

yourself “What have I got to lose?” The answer may just be “Fear, itself.”

 

4. “All his life has he looked away…to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind

on where he was. On what he was doing.” – Yoda

Sometimes we think so much about how much better our lives and operations could

be that we forget how good they already are. Try not to get caught up in chasing the

next best thing. Instead, focus on what makes you great right now. Spend time in

the moment. Be present. It will allow you to enjoy life and experience happiness.

 

5. “Always pass on what you have learned.” – Yoda

One skillful person is strong, but many skilful people together can accomplish

greatness. The knowledge and wisdom you have gained first hand as a farmer holds

great power – don’t let it end with you. Passing on your knowledge is one of the

greatest gifts you could ever give, to your family, the next generation and humanity.

 

6. “If no mistake you have made, losing you are. A different game you should

play.” – Yoda

If you’re too afraid to take risks and make mistakes, it’s very difficult to learn

anything. Farming is filled with risk, you will absolutely make mistakes along the

way. It’s okay. Mistakes help us to learn. Challenges push us to become better.

Farmer’s Log

What is a day in the life of a young farmer really like?

We Love Farmers

Farming is more than a job. It’s a way of life. At farmon.com we seriously love farmers. So if you’re a farmer, or you know a farmer, share the love.

When you think about farmers and the work that they do, you may wonder, are they crazy? But farming is more than a job, it’s a way a life. It’s a labour of love that tugs at our being. Many of us were born to this calling with deeply planted rural roots, while other they must be adventure seekers. Because le’ts be honest, who would willingly trust their fate to mother-nature?

Risk is what sets us apart and we’ve seen the reward. We spend time cultivating a bounty fit to feed the world because this is our land and we were stewards of it long before being green was a cause. We rise with the sun, even though it inevitably beats us to bed, and we know we’re better people for it. But we play like champs, all the while knowing morning comes fast and we’ll get up and do it all over again. And even though we understand the hardships, we can’t imagine our lives any different.

Farming is freedom.

It’s life. I guess when you think about it, yeah it is crazy, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

A Trip to Africa Inspired this Young Man to Leave the Suburbs and Become a Farmer

Mike Kozlowski had never been to a farm, and grew up like most people in North America, with no clue where his food came from. A trip to Africa changed that, and changed his life forever, leading him on a journey to learn about farming in Canada, and eventually, an entrepreneurial career in agriculture as the founder of Steel Pony Farm!

 

What did you learn from touring farms across Canada?

I’ve learned so much, it’s been really important but I’ve kind of realized the value of coming together around food, and building community around food.  Because I think that right now the food system is so dehumanized.  For the most part we don’t know any of our producers.  We don’t have any sense of where the food we’re eating comes from.  But it seems like once you can start to connect with those people, you bring this power back where you start to take some agency in what you’re putting in your body.

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How did you make the decision to become a farmer?

I felt like I knew enough, and had the skills and I had some of the resources ready to set out on a venture like this, and so I just got in there and I decided to start this farm.  I gathered together a couple of friends to support me as employees and just went for it.  So it was a big leap of faith, but it’s going really well.

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How do you think our food system needs to change?

For me I guess the big question is, how can we start to adjust the way that we’re thinking as individuals about agriculture, but also the way we’re thinking as a larger society about agriculture, so that we can produce these healthy tomatoes and lettuces and radishes to start to nourish society – to grow a society that again is healthy and compassionate and loving and cares about the Earth.

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Am I on the Right Path?

Our presenter Tim Wray discusses how you can know if you are on the right path.

Though Tim always had a lifelong dream of becoming a farmer he learned to reconcile this desire with the path he ended up taking (and loving) – becoming a pastor in small town Alberta. Tim talks about this journey and how the fruits of his labor were what helped him realize his path.

 

Am I on the Right Path?

Get the Conversation Going

Tim Wray encourages everyone to engage in meaningful conversations and learn how to get the conversation going. Conversation allows us to gain a sense of who we are, what we value, as well as how others view us and this clarity can lead to amazing potential between people.

 

Get the Conversation Going

 

What Matters in Small Towns

In a culture that is transient the connections between people can weaken a lot. In a simple project, Tim Wray shows us what matters in small towns –  sharing hopes, dreams and fears within the community helped Tim and other participants discover their shared values and helped rebuild the connections betweenthem.

The Young Adult Photovoice Project, led by Tim Wray, was funded in part by the Alberta Rural Development Network.  Their website has some great information about the Photovoice Project, as well as a Gallery of the photos and stories.  There is also a How-To Guide that’s worth checking out if you’re interested in doing a similar project in your community!

 

What Matters in Small Towns?

 

What it Means to be Human

In all relationships, it is important to have trust. Without trust, humanity cannot flourish, and creativity and productivity fails as well. To be human, is to allow those closest to us to be able to hurt us the most. Tim Wrayshares his thoughts on what is means to be human.

What it Means to be Human

 

5 Life Lessons from Dr. Suess for Farmers

If you’ve always wanted to farm…

 

  1. Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.

There really  isn’t anyone out there who is more you than YOU are. No one else can think for you, farm for you, or experience life for you. Your choice to farm will impact not only your life but the lives of so many others. Nobody else on the planet has exactly the same dream as yours, so stay true to yourself.

 

  1. Why fit in when you were born to stand out?

In farming, it’s very easy to fit in, do what everyone else is doing… and get what everyone else gets. By simply expressing ideas and beliefs that are uncommon and even going against the grain, you can change that status quo. So don’t be content just to farm the way everyone else is doing it – seek and create your farm business to stand out – anything is possible!

 

  1. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

It’s your thoughts that take you where you want to go in life. Listen to your guts and instincts to choose your own farming path. The great part is that we live in a world where sharing and connection to unique business models and innovations provide for many directions to choose from.

 

  1. It’s better to know how to learn, than to know.

If you know how to learn, you can pretty much learn anything you need to know in order to farm. So there’s no point in filling your head with a bunch of things you don’t absolutely need to know, much better to have the skill of being able to get the information you need. Technology makes the task easier if you have learned how to use it.

 

  1. Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.

Today could be the day that you pull off that amazing feat that puts you in the history books. If you’re a farmer, you’re already doing something that matters to a whole lot of people. Create the feeling that today could be the day you’re remembered for, for that’s the only way it can really happen. Bring those expectations to each day of your life. There’s no better time than today to do the things that you’ll be remembered for.

 

If You’ve Always Wanted To Farm…

 

 

 

Best Of The Web: Moustache Farming

Movember! Okay ladies, if you are anything like me you were totally creeped out by the thought of your significant other participating in this cause. I have to say, I begged my husband to lose his, as I felt he looked like he should be lurking in a back alley.

However, after watching this video I have to admit my heart  grew a little fonder of the old duster.  This is truly not only a great story about a great cause, but it also highlights some really great points that can help you with your business or organization.  Find out how four men started the beloved Movember movement and made one small idea turn into a big deal that changed the lives of many.

I know many of my cattle friends have been growing mustache crop this last month, I would love you all to share yours with us.  Share on our Facebook Page or on Twitter by using the tag #moustachefarming #farmon