During the Thanksgiving season people think about what they are most thankful for and all kinds of promotions for the Giving Season abound. On the radio, announcers are asking for callers to call in and thank the folks they know in the armed forces and of course the shopping commercials about gift giving are everywhere.
One thing that I am most thankful for is the land. As the preamble to the NAR Code of Ethics starts out…. “Under All is the Land!” Everything we eat comes from this precious land. Thanksgiving started with the Plymouth settlers after they had a plentiful harvest over 300 years ago and that harvest came from the land just as the one today. As we sit down for meals that include turkey, potatoes and pumpkin pie I immediately think of the land that provided us the opportunity to feast.
The AgChat Foundation is promoting Food Thanks this Thanksgiving holiday so people everywhere can express their gratitude for the food they eat. They encourage you to use Social Media to thank the individual farmers, companies and industries and many people involved in agriculture. You can tweet, blog or post your #FoodThanks anytime but they are especially encouraging it on Wednesday, November 23 on twitter.
That is just one to say thank you but you don’t even have to do that. An important way to give thanks for the land that provides food to you is to care for it. Conservation of the land can be as simple as picking up a piece of trash alongside the road or restoring waterways. If one person picked up one piece of trash during Thanksgiving the farm fields would definitely feel the impact. One of the most disheartening things I see when I travel the state looking at land is trash in ditches or plastic bags caught on barb wire fences. One person can make a difference so take a moment and pick up some debris.
So what are you thankful for this season?
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