Sangudo & District Agricultural Society Essays

In 2002, the SDAS initiated a scholarship program consisting of two $1,000.00 scholarships to be given to youth who have graduated from Sangudo High and who are furthering their education at a post secondary institution. We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 scholarship program. Emme Harapchuk, and Hannah Kastelic. Below you will find the essays they submitted as a part of the application program.

What Agriculture Means to Me

“When I think of agriculture, all sorts of images come to mind like fields of gold wheat blowing in the wind, cows grazing in a pasture and my family. I am the daughter of a farmer. My father has worked the land all of his life and takes pride in the fact that he took over the farm from his father. Agriculture means hard work, commitment and family.

We live on the home quarter purchased by my grandfather 76 years ago. My father is the second generation to farm this land and I am the third generation. I have watched my father rise early to seed, cut or bale hay and watched my father come in late from seeding, cutting or baling. I have seen the lines of worry, the smile of success and the heartbreak of loss due to agriculture.

Agriculture is hard work. You don’t have a boss that tells you it is time to do this task, you don’t have a clock to punch out and you don’t have the option of putting off what needs to be done. Yes agricultural success can come in some form of luck but most of it is planning and implementing. Both of these rely on hard work from the farmer.

Furthermore, it takes a full commitment from the farmer to make it a success. My dad plans and keeps detailed records of his crops, livestock, and machinery, whether it is repairs or purchasing, seeding timeline, or weather forecasts, etc. Now, keeping all this information straight and running a farming operation is a full time commitment. May dad does not even stop when he is sick. I have seen him get into a tractor in the freezing cold on a damp and snowy morning to check on his cows and make sure they have enough to eat and straw for bedding even when he has a fever and can barely make it out of bed. As for the commitment, he has made it through a drought, BSE, and hail/loss of crops. Thru it all he keeps saying, “Everyday cannot be Christmas…we will learn and it will be better.”

Finally, agriculture teaches us what it means to be a family. It has taught us patience, especially with each other when we are learning to operate a new piece of equipment. It has taught us to grow, especially when we planted our first canola crop. WE would drive out to the field to check it like a newborn baby and see if we could see the progress. It has taught us to work together to accomplish a common goal, like when we vaccinate our calves. We work as a team to make the process go smoothly and so no one is left to do it by themselves. Everyone is included and at the end of the day , we have accomplished our goal. Patience, growth and team work along with love is what makes up a family.

In conclusion, what agriculture means to me is hard work, commitment and family. In order for our farming operation to work, we rely on each other to help, to encourage and to learn from our successes and mistakes. Agriculture is not for the faint of heart. It can feel disappointing one minute and amazing the next but in the end we are in it together and can’t live without it.

Submitted by Emme Harapchuk.

The Chicken or the Egg

Which came first? The chicken or the egg? This age old question can also be applied to biology and agriculture. Without biology, how did we learn to farm? Without agriculture, how do we get close enough to study living things. As someone who grew up on a steady diet of both biology and agriculture, I am sure that one cannot live without the other.

Biology is defined as “the study of living things” and farming is essentially harnessing living things to produce products for consumption. Having grown up on a farm, I’ve seen agriculture first hand. For most of my life, every spring, I would go out to the field with my dad to check our herd of cows for any new calves. For the past few summers, I have spent most of July out in the fields, helping bring in hay crops to feed our livestock through the winter..Without any knowledge on biology, I am sure that our herd of cows would have died out long ago.

Prior to high school, I had a solid base on biological functions. In addition to growing up on a farm, my mother is a nurse. This made it quite difficult to fake being sick to miss school as a child as she would ask me to make a list of my symptoms so she could figure out if I needed to go to the hospital and what kind of medicine I needed. In high school, I took biology classes that furthered my knowledge on why I was experiencing my symptoms and both how the human body works and how our environment works.

Without our knowledge of how the world works, we could never harness agriculture to produce what we need, as human beings to survive. The chicken is hatched from an egg that requires a chicken to form. Similarly, biology is hatched from agriculture that requires some knowledge in biology to come to be. The answer to the question is neither came first. Biology and agriculture are a package deal. So, seeing as I am going to university to study biology, I will also be studying agriculture. The real question is not what came first but which is more vital to the others existence.

Submitted by Hannah Kastelic

On behalf of the Sangudo & District Agricultural Society, Congratulations to this years recipients, Emme Harapchuk and Hannah Kastelic. Good luck in school and we wish you the best on all your future endeavours!

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