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Spending Christmas at the Y Worry Farm

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There is an old saying, “You can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy.” It is true. Working on a farm in 1966 meant taking care of the animals, working in the fields, and fishing in the man-made pond. The memories of farm life verses living in the city are best told by Jack Scible, the owner of the Y Worry Farm in Anne Arundel Country, Maryland.

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Scible has spent his entire life on the farm. “My father did not like the country. He wanted to live in the city. He liked the bright lights. But I never did. I always wanted to live in the country. I loved living on the farm,” Scible remembers. And live on the farm he did. In fact, he raised his family on the farm and made the Y Worry Farm one of the most successful and productive farms in the state. Scible created a place where hard work and honesty still have value.

“Fools love to see their faces in public places,” is one of Scible’s sayings. It means that there is no fanfare to driving a tractor up and down a corn field all day. There is no flashy recognition in bringing in a crop that may feed thousands of people. The work that Scible has done on his farm for over 50 years would go unnoticed in a world that only appreciates the glamorous. There is nothing glamorous about cleaning out a barn or a chicken coup.

Scible talks about getting up at dawn to work on the farm with such a reverence and respect that people unfamiliar with how hard farm labor is on the human body would think that it is fun. It gives the phrase, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life,” new meaning. Jack Scible loved working on his farm. Named as an outstanding farm countless times the success of the Y Worry Farm can be found in its name. When the farm was started there was a bad crop and numerous problems. Scible said his wife was worried. There were bills to pay and other responsibilities and the crop was needed. Scible said he looked at his wife and said, “We believe in God and we are people of faith. God will provide. Why worry?” and the name of the farm was born.

In 2003 the present writer was asked to assistant Principal Deborah Williams in helping children in Anne Arundel County with reading problems, in addition to substitute teaching and writing, the task involved a long commute from Washington to Annapolis. Driving the country back roads was both relaxing and brought back memories of working on the farm in 1966. The Y Worry Farm was the first farm that appeared after turning off route 50 from Washington. It had not changed in 50 years and 10 years later it still remains the same.

If you haven’t visited a real, working, family farm visit the Y Worry Farm. They still have Christmas trees four days before Christmas. And they always have the beautiful view of a family farm.

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