farmers and teachers

From Dea Conrad-Curry at Notions and Potions in Thinking deeply about the seeds we plant:

…I was thinking of how farmers and teachers are alike. They both are responsible to nurture valuable commodities. Their work is both science and art. They both possess intrinsic passion, returning day in and day out to work over which they have limited control, facing the vicissitudes of nature: mother nature and human nature. And they are both being moved to change by the combined forces of technology and science.

Planting corn along a river in northeastern Tennessee (LOC)

Telramen op de bank in de klas / Counting-frames in classroom

I quoted this yesterday in a short post about recent blog discoveries and I find myself going back to read that quote over and over again. There is definitely something about it that strikes a chord within me. There is a notion of stability, of consistency, of basic humanity in both farming and teaching. Yet, within these stable qualities, there is a necessity for change, for constant, continual change.

I think it is the tension between those states – stability and change – that makes these passionate professions. You need passion to nurture and to live what Dea writes about.

As I wrote in the comment box on Dea’s blog – she helped me to see why I feel so right living out here in farm country.


  • Thanks so much for reading and commenting on my blog. We seem to have much in common…Jim Burke,student engagement, high school dropout rates, all things French, integration of consulting and teaching…and I really appreciate the images you included in your comments on my post regarding the connection of farmers and teachers. Images are so important to how we think and how we process and how we remember. I plan to read your posts more regularly–and hope to find even more and stronger connections!

    • Tracy says:

      @Dea Conrad-Curry, I agree with you about the importance of image – they make life and learning so much richer.

      Your original post led me to a ‘yes!’ moment and I’ll be returning for more (no pressur e.)

      Welcome to Leading from the Heart :)

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