Today is National Agriculture Day! Ag Day is about recognizing – and celebrating – the contribution of agriculture in our everyday lives. The National Ag Day program encourages every American to:
- Understand how food and fiber products are produced.
- Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
- Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.
In celebration of this important day I thought it would be appropriate to share some fun agriculture facts you might be able to use at the next trivia night or when you want to one up that know-it-all at the dinner party.
- Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family.
- The egg shell may have as many as 17,000 tiny pores over its surface. Through them, the egg can absorb flavors and odors. Storing them in their cartons helps keep them fresh!
- Banana’s are most likely the first fruit ever to be grown on a farm.
- Apples and peaches are members of the rose family.
- Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites!
- Americans are eating 900% more broccoli than we did 20 years ago.
In honor of the special day I wanted to share a picture I think represents the Simple Goodness farm. The top half of the picture was taken this morning as I waited for the bus to commute to work after doing my morning chores. As you can see my work shoes are covered with hay after feeding the goats and cows. If I were to caption this picture it would be, “you can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl”.
The bottom half of the picture shows Farmer Ross and Deyton’s boots as they took a visit to see the cows this morning. For me this picture symbolizes what Ag Day is all about: sustaining future generations. Deyton will grow up farming alongside her mom and dad and learning about the value in hard work and simple goodness. Happy #agday2015!