Modern Farmer’s editor-in-chief, Sarah Gray Miller, here. We recently promoted our new “Immigrants Feed America” t-shirt, which really got you guys talking. First, I want to thank everyone for debating the issue so passionately. Second, I figured I should weigh in personally. I firmly believe that undocumented farm laborers deserve decent working conditions and a path to full citizenship. If they’re deported, I highly doubt that privileged, American-born people like me will fill the void. And I’m grateful to all the immigrants who grow our food. Agree? You don’t have to buy our t-shirt to make some noise. Just use the hashtag #immigrantsfeedus when posting your support.
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We collect eggs and feed hens. We milk goats, cook food, and wash laundry that comes in with ten lbs. of manure caked on it. Or blood. Or both. We hatch and care for chicks and children. We get home from work, or from the field, at three in the morning and do morning chores before falling into bed so the critters won’t have to wait for their breakfast. We attend the humane death of a critically injured animal we raised and loved from babyhood, and then hang and butcher it so it doesn’t go to waste. We also push the cow off our foot, build and repair the fences, spend an hour trying to herd a horny, recalcitrant 400 lb. pig to a new pen, race to pick up a hydraulic hose and then install it because the field has to be cut TODAY. We carry 40 kg sacks of grain through the snow, and constantly field well-meaning comments like “How does a little thing like you handle that bull/ get in with that boar/ lift those heavy bags?” I think if I ever get one of those cutesy T-shirts, it will simply say “Because I am a Farmer”. I will point to Farmer just farm it!
I am not a “Farm Girl”. I’m not a farmers’ daughter, or even the farmers’ wife. I am a farmer. Animal husbandry is not gender-specific. Men don’t hold the monopoly on holding the steering of the tractor together with coat hanger wire just to get ONEMOREROWDONEPLEASEFFS. Men are not the only ones that get satisfaction from a productive crop, nor watching the contented critters that took 3 hours to muck, bed and feed… and I find the cutesy memes and Farmer just farm it shirt Facebook likes to ‘suggest’ to me, dismissive at best.