"the daffodils have bloomed!"
For many of you in other provinces of this fair land, the deep freeze of winter lingers on, but here in the Fraser Valley of BC, home of Dream Acres, the daffodils, crocuses and snow drops (happy little white flowers) have sprung up and out to show the springiness of their bloomination!
Yes, it's only early March as I write this, but even the green, green grass of our fields, waving to us in a gentle spring breeze, temptingly beckons us farmers out of our winter mentality and restlessness with the declaration that, yes, indeed, Spring has Sprung!
With spring and early summer now on the horizon, and the remnants of winter disappearing over that same horizon, the aforementioned farmers' winter mentality is also shifting gears. Kitchen table and coffee shop conversations are all about weather, soil conditions, seeds, fertilizer, and machinery readiness. Gone are the calendar reminders of meetings, workshops, and seminars. This is not a negative, just a reality of a farmer's life. New beginnings in spring, relaxation and repetition in summer, anticipation and weariness in fall, and slumber and brain food in winter. It is what it is. As the passing of the season progresses and we spend more and more time on and in our tractors, it is the opportune time to digest the wealth of information we gorged on during the past months.
Knowledge is power! How many times can this be said? On our farming enterprises, not enough. Deep gratitude and thanks go out to all those hard working organizing committees, professionals, and experts who took the time and presented us with this wealth of information to be used in making our operations successful and profitable.
Noticeable at these meetings, and reassuring us that the future of our farms is in good hands, are the many new and young faces in the crowds, gleaning and absorbing the information presented. It is imperative that these young farmers and young minds be gifted with the power of information and knowledge. Each and every one of them is so special and integral in the success of our operations going into the future. The growth of farms, technology, and social media is in their hands. And there are so few of them! Only 5 1/2% of farm operators are under the age of 35. Farm operators from age 35 – 54 make up just over 40%. And in my group, the boomers, aged 55 years and over, sit the majority, at over 54%. Just as in spring cropping, it is so important to cultivate, prepare, and sow the seeds of information into the fertile ground of these young, aspiring, and influential minds. Our farms, and therein any systems of survival, depend on it!
So remember, those of you in my age group, that in the reality of our lives, which means time is flying by faster and faster, next winter with its plethora of informational meetings and seminars is not that far off.
The passage of time stops for no one. Yes, preparing for spring is important, but preparing the mind is essential, and the past winter months have indeed been encouraging in that regard.
But now – on to Spring! Even a flock of robins in the trees outside my kitchen window, with their cheerful warbling, are welcoming the passing of the seasons. It's time. It's Spring! Happy seeding! Happy cropping!
Thanks to our morning milker at Dream Acres Dairy, Trudi Jones for her photos! Check out her website at