By Tito Sasaki
This years’ Crab Feed,officially called the 24th Annual Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest, was a resounding success. Over 1,300 of us came to this annual
event to renew our bond and enjoy food and drinks.
Next day, unfortunately, we lost the Super Bowl. However, we gained even more friends through the 2-minute spot on TV, “So God Made a Farmer.”
This superbly crafted remake of the 1978 speech at an FFA convention by the late radio commentator Paul Harvey went as follows:
…And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker.” So God made a farmer. God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the field, milk cows again, eat supper, then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board.” So God made a farmer. God said, “I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt and watch it die, then dry his eyes and say, ‘Maybe next year.’ I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire; who can make a harness out of hay wire, feed sacks and shoe scraps; who, at planting time and harvest season, will finish his 40-hour week by Tuesday noon and then, paining from tractor back, will put in another 72 hours.” So God made a farmer.
God said, “I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bales, yet gentle enough to wean lambs and pigs and tend the pink-combed pullets; who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the broken leg of a meadowlark.” So God made a farmer. It had to be somebody who’d plow deep and straight and not cut corners; somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed, and rake, disk, and plow, and plant, and tie the fleece and strain the milk; somebody who’d bale a family together with the soft, strong bonds of sharing; who would laugh, and sigh and then reply with smiling eyes when his son says that he wants to spend his life doing what dad does. So God Made a Farmer.
With a series of strikingly artistic and touching photographs it was a powerful tribute to the spirit of American farmers. It made everyone proud, not only farmers and ranchers but all Americans – and not the least the sponsor of the message, Ram Trucks.
Many of the pictures showed farm tractors, harvesters, and trucks as integral parts of the farming landscape. At our Crab Feed, many came from the related industries such as the suppliers of farm equipment, feed, chemicals, fuel, and professional services; banks and insurance companies; wholesale, distribution, and retail businesses; research and educational institutions as well as local, state, and federal governments. All are integral members of our agricultural family. If God made the farmer, He didn’t forget to create all these professionals and tradesmen to work with farmers. Indeed He has raised one big productive family around agriculture. Now it is our turn to carry on His work by bringing in new members to the Sonoma County Farm Bureau family. I look forward to seeing you all, old and new members, at the next year’s Great Family Reunion.