Farmers Helping Farmers

The Peterson family has been harvesting the same land for 150 years. This year, however, was a little different. Craig Peterson had been diagnosed with cancer and was receiving treatment in the hospital at the same time that his crops needed to be harvested. There is a narrow window to harvest these crops before they go bad. Without the harvest, the Peterson’s don’t make any money for the year. On the other hand, if Mr. Peterson skips his hospital treatment to harvest the crops, he probably doesn’t live very long.

This is quite a dilemma. However, Mr. Peterson lives in Iowa and in Iowa, farmers help out other farmers. 27 of his closest friends got together with 9 combines to harvest the 27 acres of land. It typically takes Mr. Peterson 8 days to clear this land. On this morning, the crops were harvested before noon.

Joe’s Perspective: What is there to say about this story? It really speaks for itself. In fact, it sounds like an episode of “Little House on the Prairie.” However, at the end of the day, this is a simple story of neighbors helping neighbors.  And the message should be clear – you don’t have to live in Iowa or be a farmer to assist a neighbor in need.

Your Turn: What are your thoughts about these farmers who stepped up to help their neighbor in need?

Comments 12

  1. This shows gratitude by farmers coming together to help another farmer whom they were friends with. They all worked together to help Craig when he was in the hospital for cancer treatments.

  2. It was a kind gesture to help them even though if they left him the Peterson’s would probably have to stop being farmers and they would get people to buy from them more making them richer.

  3. I liked that the farmer sells the food before it goes bad and I also liked when they needed some help and 27 nearby friends volunteered to help

  4. The farmers are helping each other instead of just themselves, it’s a lot easier to help one another than help just yourself anyway.

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