What is "Sisu"?

April 22, 2022
There has been a lot of uncertainty around poultry this year. The current issues facing poultry both here at Sisu Farms and across the country.
November 24, 2021
The beginning of a series I'm writing about the need for changes in our food system. It's the eve of Thanksgiving 2021 and today I'm touching on turkeys
October 24, 2021
My thoughts on the seasons of food, especially eggs in our current times

To the Finnish people, sisu has a mystical, almost magical meaning. Sisu is a unique Finnish concept. It is a Finnish term that can be roughly translated into English as strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity.

Sisu is not momentary courage, but the ability to sustain that courage. It is a word that cannot be fully translated. It defines the Finnish people and their character.  It stands for the philosophy that what must be done will be done, regardless of cost.

Sisu is an inherent characteristic of the Finnish people. You might call it backbone, spunk, stamina, guts, or drive and perseverance.  It is a measure of integrity that surpasses the hardship and sees through to the end.

Sisu is the quality that lets them pick up, move on, and learn something from previous failures. It’s the hard-jawed integrity that makes them pay their war debts in full. In short, it’s the indomitable will that sets Finns apart and explains many of the incredible things they do.