Once in a while I read something that is truly wise. Wisdom, in its truest form is timeless, and so I find this to be. I was thrilled to find this piece, originally written in a letter. Farms contain homes and families and I hope we can maintain the practice of family farming for future generations.
The January Farmer Fred Award is presented to:
"Wisdom from Theodore Roosevelt"
"How can life on the farm be kept on that level, and where it is not already on that level, be so improved, dignified, and brightened as to awaken and keep alive the pride and loyalty
of the farmer's boys and girls,
and of the farmer's wife,
and of the farmer himself?
It is especially important that whatever will prepare country children for life on the farm,
and whatever will brighten home life in the country
and make it richer and more attractive for the mothers, wives and daughters of the farmers should be done promptly, thoroughly, and gladly.
There is no more important person, measured in great influence, than the farmer's wife,
no more important home than the country home,
and it is of national importance to do the best we can for both."
In a letter to Prof. L. H. Bailey
August 10, 1908