February: Days to Remember
February 25, 2022 | Paul Bootsma
The month of February is often considered the ugly month of winter, when the weather can be what winter is all about. I find that February is always short of sunshine, and vitamin D supplements become the order of the day. People with solar panels will probably agree that revenues are considerably less this month, because solar depends on the sun.
There are several events in the month of February that are noteworthy. First of all, we have Groundhog Day, which is supposed to tell us when spring is coming. Of course, these predictions aren’t scientifically accurate, but at least groundhogs can enjoy some fame.
February also hosts an important event that won’t be found on a set date in the calendar. That’s Food Freedom Day, which marks the day when the average Canadian will have earned enough income to pay their entire year’s grocery bill. It fell on February 8th this year – one day earlier than last year. Food Freedom Day is important because it offers a good marker of food affordability over time.
Canadians spend around 11% of their income on food. People point to Canada’s cheap food policy to explain this low number. While it can be a challenge for farmers, agriculture has been relatively successful for the past decade – a sign that farmers can meet the many challenges they face. Maybe food affordability is a good reason to live in Canada.
Next, we have two dates to carry us all through the month: Valentine’s Day, which is great for flower shops and restaurants, and Family Day, celebrated here in Ontario. Depending on the weather, this holiday is a great day for family and friends to go out and spend some time together, probably a day that we can use to lift our spirits.
And so, we come to the end of the month. In a few weeks, spring will have arrived, and we look forward to warm sunshine. The winter blues will be over. Equipment will be looked at to ensure it’s ready for the spring planting season. Flower beds will be planned to make yards look attractive. It’s surprising how a little sunshine can make our day better.
The changing seasons remind us of God’s faithfulness throughout the generations. We pray for a safe spring season.
Paul Bootsma is Member Relations Manager for the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario. The CFFO Commentary represents the opinions of the writer and does not necessarily represent CFFO policy. The CFFO Commentary is heard weekly on CFCO Chatham, CKXS Chatham, CKNX Wingham, and CHLP Listowel.