Who is Your Community? Family Friday

About three weeks ago I attended a leadership summit with fellow Organic Valley farmers. On the opening session of the summit, the key-note speaker spoke of community. Farmers need community. We learn from community, we get support from community and we grow with the community.

On Monday, Lisa and I took the kids out trick or treating. We visited all the neighbors around the farm. Neighbor is relative because we drove about two miles around the farm. It was so much fun. For many of these people, we were the only visitors of the night. Not only did the kids get a bunch of treats, Lisa and I got to visit with people we consider our community.

Dressed up for Halloween

I remember doing this same thing when I was growing up. My dad would pile us kids into the truck and down the road we would go, stopping to chat at each “neighbors'” house. At the time, I recall being impatient and wanting to quickly get to the next stop to get more candy. Now, I realize the values my dad was teaching us.

On Monday, after we visited the farm neighbors, the kids and I came back to the neighborhood where we live. The trick or treating scene was much different. Here kids ran door to door gathering as much candy as they could, without much of a hello or thank you. It was not about community.

Being a part of a community is important to us and we want to raise our kids to share in these values.

Who do you consider your community? Neighbors? Friends? People of similar interests? Please share with us.


Filed under #AgChat, family, Family Friday Linky

3 responses to “Who is Your Community? Family Friday

  1. This is awesome! You should enter my fancy dress competition. Its just for fun 🙂

  2. Yes, the farm country neighborhood! That is exactly what Gordon writes about in his book A Farm Country Halloween! But in 1950 there was no driving the kids…the kids walked from farm to farm. But at each farm house the kids came in, took off their masks, said who they were, and then had a conversation with the adults. This was an opportunity for the children to talk with their adult neighbors (without their parents present) thus building a farm community. In our development/neighborhood here we are trying to preserve that farm heritage. We have the children come in, take their picture, and then have them identify themselves. Plus many of the parents come in too! So glad to hear that you are preserving that farm heritage! Next year drive over to our place (we’re only a few miles down the road)!
    Nancy & Gordon

    • zweberfarms

      We love your Halloween book and read it here often. I am glad to hear you are continuing the tradition. Yes, next year we need to visit you guys. We are neighbors!

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