Making a Mark
November 2, 2013, 8:43 pm
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A portion of the Bounty

A portion of the Bounty

November 2, 2013

   A couple of years ago, I met a man named Mark. He is a young family man trying to do things right. He lives in a country hamlet of a place surrounded by apple trees, a woodlot and a nice pond. He and his family are reconnecting with the land. He and his wife chose to live in the country, grow part of their food and homestead to a degree.

   They took a very old house in need of great repairs, and by lots of work from two people working together, they have built a home. That home includes children, animals and some grateful grandparents just up the road. They are learning country skills, one lesson at a time and are still hungry for more.

   I guess that’s where I came in. I am a guy who knows about a whole lot of stuff. I have been beat down, kicked in the teeth and dirt poor. I learned to be humble. My grandparents were a wealth of information who shared with me freely…of course I asked a LOT of questions 😮 Lastly, I have been in and around farming my whole life…my heart is happy there.

   I like to help folks who want to learn things about the country, specifically farming and gardening…of course there is animal husbandry, butchering and meat cutting, maple syrup making, logging and woodland preservation, farm building and all things draft horse!

   Mark asked me about backyard pig raising. He wanted to know about processing that pork too. He and his family have cut their own deer for a few years, so he did have some idea of what he was getting into. I helped him get started, guided him gently along the way and helped process the animals over the last couple of days. He is a quick study and learned quickly.

   I was happiest seeing his whole family involved. His wife and he are teaching their children where their food comes from, how to tend and care for it and how to preserve it. The kids don’t know it yet, but they are getting information more valuable than a college degree.

   I am pleased to have made a difference in Mark’s life, but I won’t take credit for it. Instead, I will give thanks for people who knew me and were kind enough to show me the way. I am simply paying it forward 😮 If I made a mark in someone’s life … then I say … Awesome!


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