When the going gets tough

Where does it lead and when does it end?
These questions are on most of our minds these days.

I was on a mountain photography backpacking expedition when we received word that the international borders would be closing any day.  After a hurried retreat and 48 hours of travel back home I returned to a world seemingly upside down.

Our Easter Eggstravaganza event has been in limbo since. At some point, this path will bring us to having some fun on the farm. There are signs the past couple of days that give us hope we will be turning the corner. In the mean time, we’ll be posting coloring pages for kids and a chance to win some tickets in the coming days. Many have enjoyed our Resurrection Trail featuring the Easter story, so this year we are posting a virtual version.

Even though farming is deemed an essential activity and we’ve been busy here on the farm, I’ve had some time for reflection, especially during the two weeks of self isolation after my return. (Ironically, I was about as self isolated from a virus on the planet as one could get.) After the initial relief of making it home the current reality began to set in. Every day the questions become a bit more pressing, don’t they?

One morning, it dawned on me that these questions and emotions are the very same ones I’ve experienced as a farmer weathering a drought. Every day without rain your livelihood is at increasingly at risk; you pray for rain and do your best to get through it a day at a time. You know it will rain and the crisis will end eventually. The journey while on that path can be discouraging.

My family has been on the land for generations and weathered many difficult times and through it all our family motto has been tested, strengthened and become increasingly meaningful — “Faith, Family, Labor and Love”.  During the 1918 Pandemic, my great grandfather died on Christmas Day. So when my grandfather admonished you that, “When the going gets tough, the Fulks get going!”, you knew you didn’t have time for moping. The realization this week that we’ve been here and done that before has been profoundly encouraging.  So we’ve been busy on the farm lately. I’ll keep you updated periodically on the spring time farm activities.

Wishing you peace and good health during this trying time.
Farmer Donnie Fulks

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