“I would rather spend a month in prison, than a year working on a farm.” – direct quote from the 16 year old son of a friend.
That quote got me to thinking…about quotes. I wonder where his idea of farming has come from? Did he grow up next to a factory hog farm, was he picked on by local farm kids on his way to school? And where did he get his ideas about prison?
“Old farmers never retire, they are just put out to pasture”–bumper sticker on an old Chevy truck.
“Farmers like to do it in the dirt” -bumper sticker on a Subaru.
Now that I am in my 50th year, with all but about 10 of them involved in farming, I can not think of a more rewarding lifestyle! You are surrounded by living, breathing and ever changing plot of soil. You have a hand in shaping, feeding, and caring for this plot. It rewards you with not only food, shelter, and space. but also it is a bond or connection. Like any human relationship, you can’t take it for granted, it takes much thought and effort. In the end you have a partner, and a good working relationship.
“Agriculture probably required a far greater discipline than did any form of food collecting. Seeds had to be planted at certain seasons, some protection had to be given to the growing plants and animals, harvests had to be reaped, stored and divided. Thus, we might argue that it was neither leisure time nor a sedentary existence but the more rigorous demands associated with an agricultural way of life that led to great cultural changes.”
-Charles Bixler Heiser from Seed to Civilization: the story of food
“A farmer would have to be an optimist or he wouldn’t still be a farmer.” -Will Rogers