Many countries have a day dedicated to their farmers. In the United States, Farmers' Day is celebrated on October 12. Farming is one of the oldest professions in history, and if it weren't for farmers we would not have the vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy, and proteins that are so essential for our subsistence. This day raises awareness about the importance of Farmers for society and recognizes all of the hard work that they do year-round.
Farmers' Day was originally known as Old Farmers' Day, and its celebrations date back all the way to the 1800s. From the beginning, the goal of Farmers' Day was to honor farmers, old and new, and all the work that they put into their crops. October 12 was chosen to celebrate Farmers' Day as it marks the end of the harvesting season, which means that farmers can participate in the celebrations.
Because of natural conditions, and due to new advances in technology that help prolong the growing period, in many areas of the United States people celebrate National Farmers' Month.
Farming is a 12,000-year-old profession, which not only feeds people, it is also essential for a country's economic growth. Farmers do not always get the appreciation and support that they deserve, which is why Farmers' Day is important, because it is essential that we keep investing in small Farmers.
What to do on Farmers' Day
Many small farmers sell their produce every week on farmer's markets. If you have one near you, think about buying your food from there instead of the supermarket. Not only is farm to table a more sustainable way to eat, but the produce is also organic and much better, and you are directly supporting farmers.
Pick your own farms are becoming more popular and they are a great family activity to do for the day. At the same time, because October is National Farmers' Month, it is the perfect time to visit a pumpkin patch and pick your Halloween pumpkins.
If there are any independent farmers, or community farms, from which you buy regularly, consider starting up a donation for them and investing in their growth.