By Simon Knowles
There is a great deal of unrest, change, discomfort and in some cases, heartache that’s occurred with the COVID19 virus. There are many news articles offering advice, local & global news and often sensational view points from many perspectives. I personally have found it challenging to keep a clear head and have peace and clarity on what I should or shouldn’t be doing with decisions beyond personal space and hygiene measures. Despite all this mess and uncertainty, I have found a common group of people who don’t appear to have lost their clarity and outlook – FARMERS (a.k.a. growers, horticulturalists, primary producers).
You see, farmers deal with this kind of crisis all the time. Success in their livelihood depends upon it. The majority have suffered through crushing income losses too and know there’s hope beyond. Farmers cop it from so many fronts. Gall wasps, fruit fly, mildew, mealy bugs, canker, aphids, botrytis and phylloxera, – and these are only a few of the pests and diseases that impact horticulture that come to mind. Thinking about weather: drought, frost, hail, harvest time rain, wind and heat. Then we have external challenges such as changing commodity prices, machinery maintenance, freight logistics, contract negotiations and bureaucratic demands. I conclude that many farmers could see this COVID19 pandemic as just another pest to manage. What can we learn from their perspective?
Farmers and horticulturalists I work with inspire me and I love working to serve them in my local horticulture industry. By smiling, being clear minded and positive, you can inspire others too.