Bean Farmer David Roy – ‘Thank a Farmer’
We've teamed up with Whites Farm Supply and James Wesley to 'Thank a Farmer' at FrogFest. We've been asking you to nominate farmers who deserve recognition and 2 will be James Wesley's special guests at FrogFest June 15th. Today we recognize a 4th generation bean farmer, 23 year old David Roy of Clinton, nominated by his mother Sarah.
'I would like to thank my son David Roy of Clinton, who has been helping his father on the family farm since he was 10. On the May 19th, David will graduate with honors from LeMoyne College with a degree in economics. Although he received his bachelors degree he has chosen to return to the farm to help his dad.
When other kids were spending their summers playing and swimming and going to summer camps, David was working in the fields along side his father, uncle and grandfather. Once he turned 16 and earned his drivers license, he would be the first one in the field at 5:30am ready to go. He just loved what he was doing.
David is a very gentle soul. When he is driving a bean picker, or pulling the drags with his tractor or picking rocks to prepare a field for planting, he is always on the lookout for wild animals in his path. He will stop what he is doing, jump out and chase away a bunny, duckling, turtle or even a snake so he does not run it over with his machine. He has also been known to chase circling hawks away from unsuspecting bunnies. Then back on the tractor and back to work.
Produce farming means working 7 days a week, no days off. No summer vacations to the ocean, no camping for the weekend. No hanging out with buddies. It means planting, fertilizing, harvesting and packing from sun up to sun down.
Dave is also a volunteer EMT.
David has grown into a hardworking, caring, self motivated, and educated man. A man I am proud of and a man I am proud to call my son.'
Thank you Sarah for nominating your son and thank you David Roy for what you do everyday. We’ll put you in the random drawing to be James Wesley’s special guests at FrogFest June 15th, so he can ‘Thank a Farmer.’