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Filling Our Plates - With Thanks To Farmers

OSAE Member Hinda Mitchell discusses the importance of Ohio's farmers

I am not a farmer. I was not raised on a farm. I have to go back several generations to find farming in my family, in rural western Ohio, where many farms still thrive today. But, at the tender age of 25, I was thrust into the world of farming as part of a work project. And I’ve never looked back.

Along this 25-year journey, I have encountered some of the finest people I will ever know. They are good people – young and old, fathers and mothers, grandmothers and grandfathers, and young generations still to come. They have small, organic, niche farms and major multi-state, large-scale farms and everything in between. Many produce the foods we eat, while others produce food for livestock and poultry, grain for fuel or crops for fiber.

With limited exception, I have met people of integrity, character, faith and compassion. Size doesn’t matter; large or small, farmers are people who understand the value of hard work and aren’t afraid to “get a little dirty” every day.

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