A Thanksgiving unlike any that we’ve ever seen has passed. Some families still met in old farmhouses big enough to socially distance. Some families ate in the shop since the combine has already been cleaned up and stored for the year. Some families, out of an abundance of caution, relectuactly called the gathering off all together.
How did you celebrate?
The conclusion of Thanksgiving means that the next month will be a whirlwind of shopping, planning and decorating. Endless desires will come from childrens’ mouths (has the toy catalog hit your mailbox yet?) and adults may feel overwhelmed by the pressure to get everything done in time.
But what would happen if we started now, the day after Thanksgiving, and committed to extending the season of gratefulness, instead of the stigma of busyness?
Rather than making a list of wants, let’s make a list of things we’re grateful for. Rather than wishing for more during this next month, let’s find contentment in what we have.
Perhaps if we spend the next 35 days focusing on the things we’re thankful for, we’ll realize 2020 wasn’t all that bad, after all.
Beginning today, we invite you to use this sheet to record the 35 things you’re grateful for as we wrap up 2020. You can download and print the PDF by clicking the button below this form:
We believe in the power of positivity and as we wrap up 2020, we invite you to share a good story with us.
We invite you to participate in our Salute to Service program, which recognizes employees for a job well done. The Salute to Service program has been incredibly successful in the last three years, as annually we hear from many customers about their experience with the people of Harvest Land. You can participate by sending us stories of the positive encounters or experiences you have with Harvest Land employees.
Share with us the instance of an employee going above and beyond, someone handling a difficult assignment with professionalism or an employee representing Harvest Land in an outstanding way.
We invite you to tell us why an employee deserves to be commended on a job well done.
In late fall, we’ll present the Salute to Service entries to our employee base and ask them to vote for the best example of a Harvest Land employee exceeding expectations. The winner – as chosen by their peers – will be rewarded with a $1,000 cash prize and 2 vacation days. For the person that submits the winning entry? Well, they’ll walk away with $250.
Keep a watchful eye, or think back to previous months, and don’t hesitate to contact us with your story/stories for Salute to Service.
You can submit entries by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our President/CEO, Scott Logue at 765.962.1527. Deadline to submit entries is Friday, November 13, 2020 at 5:00 PM.
We look forward to hearing about the great things our hard-working employees do to cultivate positivity in communities and keep our cooperative business strong for the next generation.
Check out the winning nominations from the previous 3 years:
By now you’ve hopefully read through our 2019 Annual Report which was delivered to our farmer-owners in December. The book catalogs the fiscal year, fall 2018 to summer 2019…what a year to write about!
Also in the Annual Report packet were biographies and voting ballets for each of our three districts. This is a big election year with two long-serving Directors retiring off the board.
Steve Hill, Greenfield, IN, and Lloyd Lee, Eldorado, OH have been tremendous assets to our Board of Directors. Their history with our board – and those co-op boards before Harvest Land – runs deep and they’ve been a part of many large and small decisions that have progressed our farmer-owned cooperative to where it is today. We’re proud to be associated with such men who are deeply devoted to their families, farms, and communities, and we’ll surely miss their insight and contributions to our cooperative.
We highly encourage you to read the biographies and vote for your district.
Also, this is your last call to buy tickets for our Annual Meeting! Our 2020 Annual Meeting will be held at the Wayne County Fairgrounds at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, January 21.
To assist us with meal planning, please purchase tickets ($5.00 each) no later than January 14 from any director or at any Harvest Land facility office. This $5.00 ensures your seat at the meeting.
Don’t forget: Ticket sales end on January 14 and
the event is at the Wayne County Fairgrounds at 6:30 on January 21.
For years we’ve partnered with a calendar company to design antique tractor calendars for our farmer-members. Our fuel and propane drivers hand them out to customers over the fall months, our ag centers keep a stack on the counter so our farmer-members can grab one when they come in to request an order and our Richmond office displays a stack so folks can take one when they’re in to pay a bill.
About eight years ago we decided to do something different and instead of using antique tractors as the monthly photo, we did a calendar with photos of rural America. Month by month, the calendar displayed hidden gems across the US, sunsets in fly-over states, New England in the fall and Utah in the white winter months. It turned out beautifully and we thought our members would love it.
Boy, were we wrong.
We received so much push back and verbalized disappointment from our customers because we didn’t distribute an antique tractor calendar that year. We had no idea how much our customers looked forward to such a small gesture. We learned that those calendars reminded them of their dad, or granddad, or sweet mother, or their growing up years on the farm. We learned it was not just a calendar. We also learned it’s not just a tractor.
It’s not just a tractor. It’s where you learned, and earned, a little bit of freedom out in an open field for the first time.
It’s not just a tractor. It’s a sound that resonates with power, and progress and passion.
It’s not just a tractor. It’s the memory of working alongside your granddad who was – and still is – the most admirable person you’ve ever known.
It’s not just a tractor. It’s the only thing that could get down Marshall Road to the livestock during the Blizzard of 1978.
It’s not just a tractor. It’s the thrill you got when first riding on the fender and watching the hypnotic tire tread roll down the road to a rhythmic rumble.
It’s not just a tractor. It’s how we came to realize that if children were self-starters, mothers wouldn’t have to be such cranks.
It’s not just a tractor. It’s the place from which you dared your sister to jump from the highest step, and she earned her first set of stitches.
It’s not just a tractor. It’s where your good, faithful, favorite, dog rode on the fender with you while spreading manure, making one of the most boring jobs on the farm more enjoyable.
It’s not just a tractor. It’s the pride in making an investment that will serve your generation and the next.
It’s not just a tractor. It’s the machine you used to introduce new technology and practices to the farm, including no-till planting, cover crops and GPS.
It’s not just a tractor. It’s the memory of riding on the platform behind your dad while he lead you into the next great adventure.
It’s not just a tractor. It’s the place where you strap your pride and joy into the buddy seat and feel their head against your arm, or see it bouncing off the window, fifteen minutes later. A tractor is a fine resting spot for youth.
It’s not just a tractor. It’s the place where your father thought he was teaching you about mechanics, but you also picked up on a whole new vocabulary.
It’s not just a tractor. It’s a vision of restoration come to life, preserving a time capsule of labor and memories for years and years to come.
It’s not just a tractor. It’s a machine that allowed our families to work the ground and plant a seed in the spring, mow and bale the hay in the summer, pull the grain cart in the fall and plow the neighbor’s drive in the winter. It’s a tool for growing and harvesting a lifestyle that can’t be replaced.
It’s not just a tractor. And we’ve learned it’s not just a calendar, either. Stop by your local ag center today to pick one a Harvest Land calendar for 2020.
What has your tractor meant to you? We invite you to comment below.