People often ask me, “How can you live on a farm? Don’t you get bored?” The opposite could not be more true! Allow me to share with you what I love most about my life on the farm.
First, I must address the issue of boredom. Life and work are never separated in farm life. From sun up to sun down, there is always something to be done! It varies by season, as well. Our farm is a dairy farm. This means that the cows must be milked at the peak time, and fed just the right ingredients to produce the best quality milk. We must be in tuned with their reproductive cycles and rotate them accordingly.
Then when it comes time for them to calve, we have to be on call for the big deliveries, and be ready with the knowledge and patience to pull calves when the mothers need assistance.
Never Leave Work
Another aspect of farm life that people frequently wonder aloud is, “You work where you live…you never leave work…that has to be horrible!” This could also not be further from the truth! Yes it is hard work, but it is rewarding work! Working with my hands makes the day go by so quickly. Working with animals and the food they provide us makes me feel like I am part of what keeps this country going.
The animals themselves are more than just occupational props. It is so fascinating to watch them mature and interact, sometimes play. We have the freedom to treat them well, which is a freedom we utilize on our farm. Read this excellent article by FreeFromHarm that captures my family’s philosophy on how to ensure humane treatment of dairy cattle and calves.
Speaking of family, that is another of my favorite aspects of my life on the farm. I grew up on this farm. My siblings and cousins and I were able to learn my trade from my grandparents, parents, aunts, and uncles…the people we love the most! I will have the privilege, if they choose, of guiding my own children into their trade.
If they choose another career path, they will still take forth family values and pride in work ethic that comes from close-knit farm life. These are the things that you cannot learn in school. If you do not take care of your property and home on the farm, you will not produce enough to make a living. If you do produce enough, you and your family get to take all the credit and reap all the benefit!
Being a farmer is also an amazing way to broaden family connections into community connections, both local and broad. Bringing your products to farmer’s markets and fairs is not only great for business…it is fun! It is a social life all in itself!
The better our products and the more of them we successfully produce, the more people want them. This has given me opportunities to travel to many exciting places to promote our farm. The only thing better than traveling far and wide is coming back home to the peace and tranquility of rolling green hills and breathtaking sunsets.
That brings me to my next favorite aspect of life on the farm…the scenery! All of the land surrounding our farm house is ours, so we get to decide how it looks. It takes a lot of work to keep the grass green, the cattle healthy, and the barn clean. Again, it is rewarding work with direct benefits.
Every direction I turn from my own porch, I have gorgeous views, free of pollution, free of crime, free of graffiti, free of traffic. I hear the sounds of animals, breeze through the trees, running water, bees buzzing, children laughing as they roll through the fields, family chatting and cooking meals that are prepared with ingredients we created ourselves, so we know exactly what is in them!
I understand that the farm life is definitely not for everyone. Thank goodness for that! If we were all farmers, we would not function! However, I enjoyed this opportunity to share with you why I love my slot in life as a farmer. Farming is part of America’s past, present, and future.
Modern technology and gluttony is changing farming, with disastrous results for animals, crops, and the humans who consume them. I hope this article will inspire you to research before buying farm and ranch products. Seek words like “free range,” “grass-fed,” and “non-genetically modified.” Help keep America’s family run farms alive! I will leave you with this inspirational article about America’s Oldest Farm by CountryLiving: click here and enjoy!
Thank you for reading!