We’re thankful for you, our valued members
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Posted by: Mike North, president of DBA
In September 1620, a small ship carrying 102 passengers left Plymouth, England, for the “New World.” This was a world where land ownership, the hope of prosperity, and freedom of religion awaited their arrival.
After 66 days of treachery, the passengers dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod. One month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims, as they are now commonly known, began the work of establishing a village at Plymouth.
Now late in the year, many of the colonists remained on board the ship to endure a brutal winter and ongoing outbreaks of contagious disease. By spring, half of the Mayflower’s original passengers had perished.
In March 1621, the remaining settlers moved ashore, struggling to survive. Their prayers for help were quickly answered with the arrival of Squanto, a member of the Patuxet Tribe who had been kidnapped by an English sea captain, escaped slavery in England and later returned to his homeland. He spoke English and quickly identified the plight of these new arrivals. Ill and malnourished, the Pilgrims learned from Squanto how to raise corn, tap maple trees for sap, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants.
That November, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Gov. William Bradford organized a celebratory feast that lasted for three days. He invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Hunters added to what was gathered from the forests and fields. This gathering would later be recognized as American’s “first Thanksgiving.” Out of the bounty of their work, they reflected on their struggles, acknowledged the opportunities before them and celebrated the people that had helped them along the way.
At the Dairy Business Association, we would like to take a moment to do the very same thing. There has been no shortage of struggles facing the dairy community in the past year. Over-reaching regulatory pressure combined with compressed farm prices have stifled our state’s growth. However, we have stood strong and, through much hard work, have yielded great success at our state Capitol in 2017. In our partnership with you, we look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.
However, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a celebration of gratitude. We are grateful for you, our members. We wish you all the time to enjoy a happy Thanksgiving surrounded by those closest to you!