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Sending the “City Girl” on Assignment to a Farm

City girl visits the farmRaegan Johnson is a member of my work team. If you don’t know her, I can tell you that she’s friendly, polite, deferential; well, maybe I should say friendly and usually polite and leave it at that.

What you may not know is that she has some “magna cum laudes” after her degrees and she’s working on a Ph.D. She was born and raised in the St. Louis area, and she’s a city girl by anyone’s definition.

So when she and I were talking and she said she’d like to visit a farm, I thought “Why not? This could be interesting.” She had met cotton farmer Steve Olson before, and she’d even driven a tractor, so I figured she was totally prepared to experience farm life.

And she was. Sort of.

Fortunately, Steve Olson is longsuffering and patient. Very patient.

Actually, Raegan has become good friends with Steve and his family. They opened their home to her, and let her see firsthand how they manage and work their farm.( And they put her to work, which was a good thing.) They even opened the door to the cockpit of a small plane – which Raegan thought was a thrill ride at an amusement park. She got in – and came away with several stories to tell. And she didn’t get sick.

Steve and his family are the reason why Raegan and I both love working in agriculture. It’s the people – the love they have for what they do, the values they hold, the determination and commitment they demonstrate every day. They know what they’re doing is important. And they’ll take the time to teach us city folks, because it’s important for us to understand what they do, even if we think we’re experts on it already (milk comes from Wal-Mart, right?).

Take a look at Raegan’s reports on her visit to Steve Olson’s farm.

1 Responses to "Sending the “City Girl” on Assignment to a Farm"

  1. Hi Glynn,

    Hope all is well with you!! I’m forever proof-reading (old habits die hard), and the following sentence needs more punctuation:

    “It’s the people the love they have for what they do, the values they hold, the determination and commitment they demonstrate every day.”

    Should read: “It’s the people — the love they have for what they do…..” etc.

    Did you know I now have twin grandsons? They’ll be two months old on the 4th of July!

    Jamie

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