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Journal writing project: Unique community


By Abigail Hanson

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

Canton is a unique community because of the different styles of farming and agriculture. Every day I see something new in the country around me - whether it is farmers out planting corn or beans, Amish buggies slowly passing the house, or small plants just beginning to come up through the soil. Later I see the leaves beginning to change colors, the Amish are out in the fields cutting the corn and putting it up into shocks, and finally the farmers out in the fields harvesting their crops with combines, corn pickers and other big equipment.

Other times cows or horses graze in the pasture or a young man rides his horse to work. I also see farmers and their help out in the hot days of summer, cutting and baling hay. Too many people don’t give this any thought, but to me it’s a way of life. I know that without our farms, we wouldn’t have the food we need to live. These things make my community unique.

I know that many people in large cities think their food comes from the grocery stores, but around here, we all know that the farmers have to work to keep meat, dairy products, fruits and vegetables in our grocery stores. Farmers live their lives to keep not only their crops and animals fed and healthy, but our community fed and healthy as well. Without the farms we have around our country side and the farmers to keep them up, none of us would be here.

I often wonder about how people did these things before new technology and equipment was invented. Everything had to be done by hand, and I imagine this would be much like how we see our Amish neighbors living today. We see them out with their teams of horses, cutting hay, wheat or corn. They also have large gardens to grow much of their food. Their whole family helps out with the chores and farming. In our local community, you see them out selling fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade jams, breads and candies and also baskets, blankets, pot holders and dolls.

Not only can I see these things in my community of Canton, but in most of the small towns I drive through. I see Amish selling their goods in Canton, Mabel, Harmony, Lanesboro and many other towns in the area. I also see farming around all of these towns and many, many more. Farming and agriculture are a way of life for many people, and that’s what makes my community unique.

Abigail Hanson is a student at Mabel-Canton High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fifteenth year.

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