Note: The full Farms: Spring Edition can be found here.
By Co-Publishers Kaitlyn Clark & Jillian Zynomirski
The Haldimand Press
The last time we wrote this introduction to our Farms: Spring Edition, the initial spread of COVID-19 was on everyone’s minds.
At that time, the average consumer was dealing with shortages caused by panic buying for everything from toilet paper to baby food to meats. This was annoying for everyone to be sure, and for some raised serious concerns on how best to feed their families.
Farmers dealt with this at home as well, but had even greater concerns at work.Some of their biggest buyers, including restaurants and event venues, slashed or cut off purchases altogether as in-door dining and gathering was limited or shut down. Additionally, farmers’ markets closed to comply with distancing measures as masks had yet to become common place. Even before getting their products onto shelves and tables, some farmers found themselves struggling to produce crops or care for livestock due to staff shortages.
When this section came out a year ago, most people were hopeful the virus would be a non-issue within a few months. A year later, it’s still on everyone’s minds and still rearing its ugly head to complicate the agricultural industry.
However, if there’s anything this last year has shown us, it’s the near-limitless resiliency of people. The Haldimand Press has had few events to report on in this last year, but we have had no shortage of features on amazing people doing amazing things during this crazy time.
We have all adapted, and farmers are no exception. That comes as no surprise of course, because farmers must always be on their toes. Prior to any pandemic, farmers have always had to worry about the potential for various diseases to ravage their crops or livestock. And then there’s Mother Nature, as fickle as she is, wreaking havoc with floods, droughts, cold snaps, heat waves, and everything in between. These are problems as old as time for farmers. There is no guaranteed cure, only the ability to plan as best you can and take what comes in stride.
The weather is now warming up, which means trees begin to bud and flowers begin to bloom. Many people take these signs of spring as a sign of hope. If you need another sign, we’d say to look to your nearest farmer. They are a perfect example of a seemingly never-ending ability to overcome obstacles and find success, even in our Haldimand clay. This isn’t to say farmers don’t feel the pressure of these challenges; they absolutely feel that pressure and at times they need assistance to push past it. With everything farmers do for us, we hope they always find that help near at hand.
The simple fact is, we’d be hard pressed to eat well without our farmers and agricultural workers. So – as the saying goes – if you ate today, thank a farmer. Their tireless efforts are the first step to ensuring that we can enjoy delicious and healthy foods all year round.
From everyone at The Haldimand Press, thank you to every farmer reading this for your hard work and dedication.
Additionally, thank you to the people who contributed to this keepsake edition and the advertisers who make these special features possible.
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