This is the time of year when, our hay safely stored and much of the season’s work behind us, we farmers begin to get a bit more introspective. We square up on finances, we ruminate on what worked well this year and what didn’t, and we ask ourselves all sorts of questions. Why are we doing this? Is this the life we want for our family? How can we make things better? What do we really want out of our farming career? As I work out the answers to these questions, I like to begin in the spirit of gratitude. Here are some reasons I’m thankful to be an organic dairy farmer.