Texas Neighbors Fall 2016 : Page 14

TEXAS NEIGHBORS | FALL 2016 past, the of Memories future the for foundation By Julie Tomascik Associate Editor With roots deep in the soil, old rural Texas barns are landmarks of time. Rich in heritage. The foundation of farms and ranches. A memory of the past. At their core is agriculture and the people of the land. Farmers and ranchers work sun up to sun down, toiling the soil to grow food, fiber and fuel. They’ve raised their crops and families in the shadows of those barns. WWW.TEXASFARMBUREAU.ORG

Memories of the Past, Foundation for the Future

Julie Tomascik

With roots deep in the soil, old rural Texas barns are landmarks of time. Rich in heritage. The foundation of farms and ranches. A memory of the past.

At their core is agriculture and the people of the land. Farmers and ranchers work sun up to sun down, toiling the soil to grow food, fiber and fuel. They’ve raised their crops and families in the shadows of those barns.

Some stand hidden behind trees. Some in a field of sunlight. But each with faded memories. Of hopes and dreams. Sorrows. Life lessons. Hard work. And so much more.

Old barns even hold promises of new beginnings. Serve to house equipment, livestock and feed. Or a break from the scorching Texas sun.

Passed from generation to generation or landowner to landowner, the barns are historical treasures. Each built with a different size, shape, color and purpose.

Farm kids explored and asked questions, forever learning the value of agriculture.

Embodied in each barn was faith, hope and love—the essentials for every rural family. For farmers and ranchers to keep going in good times and bad. To share their passion and legacy with their loved ones.

Surrounded by the strong smell of earth and whipped by the wind, old rural barns have a story to tell. One that lives on in the next generation of farming and ranching families.

Though they may fall, those old barns can be repurposed. Bringing new life to a farm. Helping to build another house or barn. Even a swing set. Or made into a table that brings a family together. Like agriculture.

Read the full article at http://texasneighbors.texasfarmbureau.org/article/Memories+of+the+Past%2C+Foundation+for+the+Future/2596239/342204/article.html.

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