What Success Looks Like On My Farm

July 13, 2017

Local IL pig farm

When I sit in the back of a cab, seat of an airplane or walk the isles of any grocery store, the one thing I have in common with anyone I meet is that we enjoy a good meal. Whether organic, naturally raised, from a farmers market, a package of Farmland bacon (it could be raised by yours truly!) or whatever label one places trust in, we all eat and enjoy food. The majority of consumers I run into enjoy buying from and supporting local farmers and businesses. During the conversations I have, size always comes up: How big of a farm do you have?

The vision of a farm is somewhat idyllic and the image of American Gothic populates ones thoughts. In the minds of some people, the number of acres we farm or pigs that we raise is a lot. Their response is something like, “You are a mega, factory farm!” The truth is that a farm is not defined by its size, but by the people who work on that farm every day; the people that pour everything they have into raising a quality product. At the end of the day it is a business, not a non-profit, but quality is what demands the premium.

It seems that many times I am asked what a day in the life of a farmer is like. On our farm most days are vastly different and sometimes hard to pick out the wins from the losses, and when asked what success looks like on our farm the response is always easy. When I sit and watch from the end row (last rows at the end of a field) and the next generation is at the wheel, I will have succeeded. The farm has been passed down to the next generation.

 

Thomas Titus

Thomas and his wife, Breann, raise pigs on their farm in Elkhart, IL with their two daughters Reagan and Lakin. They strive to be good stewards of the land and humanely raise their animals so that they may pass the farm to the next generation as their parents did for them.

 

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