My Roots: I am a Corn Stalk

I am a corn stalk. Now, I bet you are wondering why I would compare myself to something as bizarre as a field crop, but I have my reasons. No, not just because I am watered and feed as needed, receive sunlight by playing and working outside, and am fertilized with the rich nourishment of wisdom that my parents and grandparents provide. And I may be tall (59, to be exact), but that is not where the comparisons end; there are many more similarities. Similar to corn, my roots run deep in the soil I have grown up in, and have become the foundation for who I am.

Johnstown, Colorado has been the home of Klein Farms for three generations (four, if you count me), so I have grown up with agriculturesince day one. Growing up, I loved to play around with the tractors as I watched my dad and grandpa tinker with equipment. I still remember running out into the field when the leaves started to change to pick the first ear of sweet corn off the stalk. Some days, I even got to sit in the tractor with my dad as he plowed the fields, show more content
I have been fortunate enough to celebrate the rewards of having an amazing harvest. Unfortunately, I have also learned from the misfortunes that result from a rough season. Agriculture is so deeply embedded within my life that even the only income that my familyreceives comes from the industry, since my dad works as a seed research technician for Hilleshög, and my mom is a stay-at-home parent. This means my family of six relies heavily on agriculture to survive, so Im no stranger to the hardships that come along with it. Although this is a real factor of the industry, all of this has only increased my passion for agriculture. Witnessing my dad work hard and with determination and perseverance to keep our family going is something I have always admired and has also become one of the deciding factors for my future

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