Happy National Farmer’s Day! A day of honor is very much deserved to all of the hard-working farmers across America. National Farmer’s Day is celebrated every year on October 12th as it represents the end of the harvest. It seems like there’s a day for everything now, but farmers have had a special day since the 1800s! Programs are designed specifically for the day in order to help educate the public on the importance of farming.

Why We Celebrate

  • Farming is one of the world’s oldest jobs – farming has been developed independently across the globe and can be traced back 12,000 years ago! Farming took place of the traditional hunting and gathering and allowed people to settle down in permanent settlements with a reliable food supply. Once people were able to settle down, towns and cities starting popping up. You can probably thank a farmer for the city you’re living in today!
  • All of our food can be traced back to a farmer– Everything on our plates can be traced back to a farmer, whether it’s the fruits and veggies we snack on or the Fair Trade chocolate from Nicobella that we enjoy!
  • Farmers are incredibly hard workers – Farming is tough work! Running a farm requires investment, tons of hard work, equipment, time, and a passion for growing food and helping others. It is not a job for the light-hearted.

 How to Celebrate and Support Our Farmers 

  • Go to a farmer’s market – support your local farmer’s by heading to the nearest farmer’s market. Purchasing from the farmer’s market not only supports a farmer, but supports a local business, both of which are the backbone of our economy!
  • Social Media Shout-Out – show your local farmer’s some love by posting on any of the various social media sites and using #ThankAFarmer. You can also like their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NationalTAFDay/
  • Plant a Garden – start your own min-farm and become your own personal farmer. You can start small with an herb garden and then work your up to bigger projects like fruits and vegetables.

 

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I hope you take advantage of the day and thank your farmers!

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Written by Corrine Rose Jacobs, Georgia State Dietetic Intern 

Corinne Jacobs is a recent graduate of Troy University in Troy, Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. She is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Health Science and working on the Coordinated Program in Nutrition in order to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Georgia State University. She believes that health is multi-faceted and should be approached from many different angles in order for an individual to be the best version of themselves. She hopes to use her Exercise Science background with her Master's degree in order to work with patients with chronic illnesses such as Heart Disease and Type II Diabetes. 

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