Experiencing Poland's Agriculture

LEAD Maryland Class X in Poland. Photo by Lena of Remsburg Photography

I'm deviating from my usual updates about Anchored Roots Farm to tell you about my recent trip to Poland to study agriculture.

In July, I had the unique opportunity to take a break from the farm (what! yes!) and venture to Poland to study agriculture for 12 days. I learned more than I could have imagined and I plan to implement much of it back here on my farm in Maryland.

LEAD Maryland Class X in Poland. Photo by Lena of Remsburg Photography

To give you a quick background, I did this trip with The LEAD Maryland Foundation, as part of the international study tour of a 2 year fellowship program I joined along with 23 other leaders from around the state of Maryland who work in agriculture, natural resources, or rural community development positions. It has been an honor to be selected for the program, and with the financial assistance of SMADC, I was able to join my classmates abroad for the trip of a lifetime. Not only did I learn a great deal from the people of Poland, but I also learned a lot from the fellows I traveled with. It only took 12 days of traveling in a foreign country, in a pack, in the heat of summer, with limited AC and no ice, to learn to have big love for this group, and I wouldn't have had it any other way :)

LEAD Maryland Class X in Poland. Photo by Lena of Remsburg Photography

On my trip to Poland to study agriculture, natural resources, rural communities and leadership, I took away three important things. I plan to do a better job of these three things in my role back home, and share them so that others may share ideas, or take and implement them in their respective roles too.

The first is the importance of voting and being more present during election seasons. I say this beacuse though we were there to study agriculture, the underlying current in Poland is still very much their system of government. And as we all know, agriculutre is tied to politics not matter how you slic eit. I am fairly aware of local and federal politics now, but sometimes I stray and feel overwhelmed by them. But being in Poland, I realized just how much I took for granted the system of government I am lucky enough to have grown up in- for the people, by the people. In talking with elected officials, farmers, and the people in Poland about our system of government, I realize how much we set an example for other countries. Countries like Poland who are just beginning to move from communism to the vastly different structure of democracy.

Every vote counts is now a possibility in Poland, and it's important for us make time and be present in our local, state, and national elections. Though not perfect, we are fortunate to live in a system that allows the people the power. It was an important reminder for me to see at Auschwitz and feel in the culture of Polish people we met. Though I was wary of visiting Auschwitz, it was a necessary reminder that as leaders we have to face and remember the hard things, and make every effort not to allow them to be repeated. Picture.