The German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer once wrote: “We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.” To commemorate Thanksgiving, “The (agri)Cultured Foodie” will use the next week and a half to look at the “ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts” that put food on your table.
Farmers. Repairmen. Crop scientists. Veterinarians. Communications specialists. Engineers. These are the people that make agriculture possible. These are the people that help get food from the field to the kitchen. These are the people we should be thankful tomorrow as we sit down and enjoy a meal with our families.
But who are these men and women that produce our food?
They’re the Beck Family from Indiana who raise crops and own the largest family-owned seed company in the United States.
They’re the Gyrgleski Family from Wisconsin who grow cranberries for Ocean Spray.
They’re the Nilsen Family from California whose turkey operation uses “natural resources to create sustainable energy and eliminate waste.”
I’m thankful for the men and women who have devoted their lives to cultivating and stewarding the earth, and providing food for my family and yours.