I love Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday. More than any other day, it is focused on being grateful for the food on our table and the people around it. This year, I’m even more thankful for the food because I have a better understanding of where it came from.
In August, I had the great honor of touring a dairy farm and wrote an article about the experience. My curiosity about the origin of the food on my table grew and I looked for answers.
I found an amazing community of farmers on Twitter. Following their daily lives and the progress of the Autumn harvest has given me a clearer picture of how hard they work to provide us with the nutritious food we take for granted. This hasn’t been an easy year for most farmers. Yet everyday I read about their commitment to the land, their animals, and to providing our food.
So, this season I want to thank ALL farmers for putting food on my table (and clothes on my back)
Here is my message:
Dear Farm Families,
I know this year has been a hard one. Thank you for working so hard and caring so much. As my family sits down to Thanksgiving dinner this year and holds hands to express our gratitude, we will be thanking you as well.
I encourage you to do the same.
If you personally know a farmer – say thank you.
If you don’t sending out your gratitude can be easy.
- On Twittersend out a message with “#ThankAFarmer” in it. Our farm friends are watching this hashtag and will get your message. Your gratitude would be especially appreciated between 10:00 am and noon (Central Time) on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving(November 25 – before all the holiday craziness begins) Here are some examples:
- As my family sits down to Thanksgiving dinner this year and holds hands to express our gratitude, we will #ThankAFarmer as well.
- I love turkey & stuffing so I #ThankAFarmer
- Thanksgiving is about #food and #family so I #ThankAFarmer
- Add a Twibbon to your profile picture to show your support. (You can also do this on Facebook)
- On Facebook, join the Farm2U page which links consumers and farmers together. Leave your message of gratitude and then visit often to learn about your food.
- Post on Facebook about joining and encourage others to join!
- Not on Facebook or Twitter? Well here’s a good opportunity to sign up! Or – you can leave a message as a comment here and I’ll pass it along.
Warm Thanksgiving wishes to you all!
Eliz Greene survived a massive heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins, struggled to lose the 80 pounds gained during her pregnancy, and searched for a way to hold on to the perspective and passion she found in her near-death experience. Drawing on her background as an adaptive movement specialist, Eliz developed simple strategies and tips to help other busy women be more active, eat better and manage your stress.
As the Director of the Embrace Your Heart Wellness Initiative, Eliz travels the country energizing and inspiring audiences in keynotes and workshops on women’s heart health. She writes one of the top 100 health and wellness blogs. Find more at www.EmbraceYourHeart.com.