Hope is a little seed.
Who are the most hopeful people you know?
Unless you live in the country, like I do, you probably won't answer that question with, "A farmer." Even among those of us who live here, how many actually farm for a living?
People who grow our food are the most hopeful people I can think of. Imagine placing your entire year's prospective earnings in the ground, and hoping it grows!
The day after Sally Russick's photo prompt, "Hope" arrived, this was our local newspaper front page.
What they are referring to in the headline is the fact that the dominant crop of our most successful farms for many years, has been onions. They grow really well in the "black dirt" of Orange County New York. But you can no longer count on onions to build a fortune, or even pay all the bills.
But that does not kill the hope of farmers, they have started to diversify and add everything from corn and soy beans, to arugula and rich green grass turf.
Here are some pictures of hope I captured this week. Not much green showing in the fields yet, but so much hope!
|Going down into the prehistoric glacial lake bottom.|
|You can see why they call it Black Dirt.|
|When frost is predicted, it's important to know which way the wind is blowing. Or maybe the farmer has a small plane.|
|It's been dry, so irrigation has started before the crop can be seen. Can you see the rainbows?|
To learn more about the Black Dirt Region of New York go HERE.
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