Today I am linking up with Two Bears Farm for Memory Lane Friday where the theme today is Earth Day. I’ve gone back the archives of photos…from the late 1990’s to 2000 to share memories of our family farm of when our now teenage son was a young little farm boy and also when two city girlfriends made a long road trip to visit our farm over ten years ago.
My favorite thing about Earth Day is that I can look around to the land I live on, surrounded by prairie farm and ranch land and see truly how our earth is cared for every day.
My parents, grandparents, uncle, brothers and cousins farm the same land my ancestors homesteaded in 1884 from Norway. Today the land is more productive and in better shape than it was over 100 years ago. Our family farm is my most proud sustainability story and all family farmers should be honored on Earth Day.
I love when my friends travel near and far to visit the farm…like when my former University of Georgia roommate, also named Katie and our good friend Miss Peyton, also a Georgia girl, made a long road trip across America to visit in 2000.
I took them to my favorite place on earth which is the place above 5 miles west of my parents and grandparent’s farm, in the middle of the serene prairie over looking the Sheyenne River. It was a lasting memory.
Another aspect of our family farm on Earth Day is that today is also Good Friday. It is a pivotal and important day of remembrance in our Christian faith. We are together today at the farm to honor and remember Jesus Christ dying on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins.
My memories of our farm are most important today on Earth Day and my faith, rooted in our family on the farm and the Christian church we will attend together tonight on Good Friday bring my farming family together. We are rooted in our faith on the farm. Good Friday is the utmost of importance over Earth Day. But together they meld. We can pause and remember all of our blessings because of these days.
Two favorite blog posts my mom has done on GriggsDakota are Trees in Straight Lines and Manure Hauling. Both highlight more reasons to celebrate farmers on Earth Day from planting trees to protect our soil from blowing away to spreading organic matter, manure, from our barns onto our farm land to increase the productivity and improve our soil.
What are your favorite memories you are remembering today on Earth Day and Good Friday?
long live the family farm… 🙂
whoohoo great post and Amen to Tex’s comment!
Lisa @ Two Bears Farm says
Thanks for linking up. I love this beautiful post – you are so right that the family farm celebrates Earth day in many different ways. I love that sunflower picture, btw!
I absolutely love going barefoot in the garden after it has been tilled. I love to cool moist dirt forming around my feet as they sink down a bit.
Great post and I love the history of it all! Have Blessed Easter weekend!
I love that pic of us…I actually have it n a frame in my house…such fun memories…can’t wait to get back to North Dakota Country!!!
Love the pictures!
Roxane B. Salonen says
Katie, love the sunflowers too. Beautiful! And all of the ND pics. Absolutely stunning. They bring me back to little spots on the Earth that made me feel very close to God in rural Montana as a child, as well as similar spots in North Dakota during summertime trips. Ahhh…places where one can breathe in and out deeply! 🙂
Gorgeous pictures and such a great post. Happy Easter to you and your family!
bon bon says
beautiful photos! nothing like wheat fields at dusk (and some loved ones to boot)!