The proposed “American Family Act” initiated in 2011 by the Department of Labor, failed and thank God it did. It would have kept our youth from working on family farms and ranches. Yet another Agenda 21 opportunity for the government to harness in our youth’s potential and capabilities while stifling their creative futures.
Farming and Ranching Organizations attacked the proposed rules as unworkable and nonsensical. The rule jeopardized the family-based character of rural America and the agriculture industry,” said Colorado Farm Bureau spokesman Shawn Martini. A clear message has been sent to Washington; “Stay away from our Kids.” We can rest a little easier knowing that our advocacy efforts have helped save our industry and our rural way of life. The U.S. Labor Department said in a statement that the decisions to kill the proposed rules was a reaction to thousands of comments, calls and letters concerning the effect of the restrictions on small family-owned farms.
I’ve given all of the above information, so that what you read next might be more appreciated.
In describing a memorable encounter between my husband and I, and four young boys we met this week in South Dakota, I must say their work ethic and energy is undeniably reflected in their character and in the culture of life their parents have instilled in them. I can say this because it has been captured by their example, evident after talking with them as they so supportively, watch boys from behind the scenes.
14 year old Jordan, 10 year old twins--Connor and Warrick and 6 year old Malachai are the names of these industrious, hard working and entrepreneurial-spirited, young boys. They live on a farm in North Dakota. They grow pumpkins all summer and they sell them in the fall.
Here is their story: “We transformed idle land into a pumpkin patch. In the first year, we grew 197 pumpkins and opened a pumpkin store in our garage and sold all of them. This year we maximized our patch. We hand-planted, hand-weeded, and hand-watered our pumpkin patch in addition to baseball and swimming lessons. We planted 7 large rows, and 597 plants came up. We hope to harvest 1,000 pumpkins this fall (That’s a bumper-crop by any term!). So far, our biggest pumpkin is more than 40 inches round. It's a bad boy! We are working hard to earn money for college."
I am so proud of these young boys, I think I’m glowing. I can imagine how their parents must feel. What a wonderful, awe inspiring, experience for my husband and I to meet these four young planters who are building their business one summer at a time.
In a nation where we are experiencing cultural change at warp speed, these young boys in short, have humbled us back to recognizing our country’s beginnings. They are exemplifying what the youth of our country need which is why their story is absolutely indispensable, resonates with meaning, is full of emotions, images, and perhaps causes many of us to ponder the gift of memories.
There’s a lesson to be learned here. Young people need and deserve to understand the value of making, creating, marketing, serving, working towards a greater good that comes from learning life’s experiences, including--working. Doing a job well makes a better person. Character and self-esteem are enhanced and quite possibly, more fortifying than most people may expect.
We tend to take things for granted today, or accept status quo when we shouldn’t. Whatever we do as Americans, we must never let the government take away our precious liberties and learning experiences for our youth. Protect that valuable privilege because our youth are tomorrows farmers, ranchers, leaders, business people, scientists, doctors -- who knows, the sky is the limit.
In the meanwhile....I sure did enjoy picking out some really nice home-grown pumpkins from some downright hard-working, aspiring young entrepreneurs.
In My Humble But Accurate Opinion.
Editor and Co-founder,
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