WV Farm Bureau Magazine August 2015 - Page 8

Young Farmer and Rancher Update Susan Wilkins, YF&R Chair I believe strongly in the value of giving back to the community you live in. Giving back can take many different forms – volunteering for 4-H, planting flowers, donating to a food drive, reading to kids, OR cooking pork rinds. For the past two years, I have worked with the Marlinton Rotary Club in cooking pork rinds to sell at festivals to raise money for community projects like our Boy Scout troop and school clubs. Cooking pork rinds is a hot, stinky process. Dried pork rinds are cooked in a kettle of oil and the grease smell does a great job of settling on your clothes and hair. When you are done for the night, you do not make any unnecessary stops on your way back home for fear of truly offending someone with your smell, or having all the neighborhood dogs trying to eat you. Personally, I think pork rinds taste disgusting. And it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that something made out of pork skin and deep fried in oil is not exactly the world’s healthiest snack, despite being low carb. However, pork rinds have been responsible for changing a lot of lives for the positive in my little community. Because of pork rinds, kids have been able to travel to national competitions across the country. Because of pork rinds, flowers have been planted on Main Street. Because of pork rinds, kids who might not have received a 8 West Virginia Farm Bureau News Christmas gift had presents to unwrap. Because of pork rinds, Boy Scouts have been able to travel to our nation’s capital for the first time. And that is pretty cool. If I can help change lives (in ways other than raising someone’s cholesterol), I can stand smelling like a walking pork rind for a few days. Volunteering connects you to your community and to the people you are serving with and leaves you with a deep satisfaction of knowing that you made a difference. It is pretty easy these days to lament the sad state of our country and its changing values. It is easy to think that as a society, we are becoming more and more removed from one another and more and more attached to our gadgets and computers. I have a suggestion. Volunteer for something. You’ll change someone’s life. But ultimately you’ll change your own. SAWMILL EXCHANGE North America’s largest source of used portable sawmills and commercial sawmill equipment. Over 800 ads. Call for a free list or to sell your equipment. 800-459-2148 http://www.sawmillexchange.com