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Stuart White came to work for us straight from school.  He showed exceptional aptitude to tractor and machinery operation.  At 17 he took charge of our new combine and successfully harvested over 600 acres. As we reflected over a job well done a neighbour joined us, jealous first, and then critical of the green stripes which had appeared where the straw had fallen.  I was just pleased that Stuart had completed the task, and was not worried about a few shed grains. But the fact that everyone can see what you are doing on the land was an important and painful lesson for Stuart to learn.  He set his heart on farming when he was very young and has never looked back.  He now runs his own integrated farming operation with cattle, sheep, arable, contracting and haylage business and barn conversions for holiday lets, and has a wife and grown three children.

Jesus said “No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God”.  Every year, at this time, the Bradfield Young Farmers used to stagger into St Andrew’s Church carrying a single furrow horse plough to celebrate “Plough Sunday”.  The plough was blessed, as were those who work the land. When you start ploughing a field it is intentional. A new crop is planned and all evidence of what happened last year is buried. There is then a lot to do, working the ground down with discs and harrows, planting the wheat, barley, oats, beans or rape and looking after and nurturing the crop through good and bad seasons until the time of harvest.  It would be unusual to start ploughing a field and then give up.  If you did your watchful farming neighbours would be the first to enjoy the experience.

Some students from LSE were quizzing Martin Lewis founder of moneysavingexpert.com on his business success.  He concentrated on the need to be talented, focused, to work hard and be lucky. Some would say that Stuart was lucky to marry a farmer’s daughter but he certainly was not lacking in the other three areas.  The simple act of blessing our lives and the plough, as a symbol of the stuff we use every day is so straightforward, and luck is replaced by a desire for “God’s favour and protection”.

 

John Bishop