Much Farming. Many Food

Much Farming. Many Food

Warning: This video is harrowing.

OK, that was a pretty bad joke. I apologize. But hey, the video’s cool. Guys growing stuff. Farming is still a grown up little boy activity. You get to bomb around in big machines. Unlike the highway, you make more money if you go faster, instead of getting a speeding ticket. There’s nothing to crash into.

People respect farmers. Many paper pushers long for the kind of job, like farming, where you can see the results of your efforts at the end of the day. For instance, early in the morning, the field is tan. End of the day, it’s slightly darker tan. That’s visible progress. Middle of the season, it’s greenish. End of the season, your bank account’s greenish, and the field’s tan again. Like a good video game, you get to press the reset button and start all over again. If the good lord’s willing and the creek don’t rise.

6 thoughts on “Much Farming. Many Food

  1. Worked for years after the Navy on dairies near Tulare, CA. They and many other family dairies are long gone now thanks to govt regs, high minimum wages and milk price fixing by CA board (to benefit corporate farms). Oh well it was a memory many of us will cherish. Hard work but paid heavy machinery guys well.

  2. My favorite farming story. My oldest sister, Deirdre, a native Southern Californian, married Brad, a Navy pilot from an Iowa farming family (his parents and siblings all had adjacent farms back in Iowa). Not long after they were married, they traveled back to Iowa to spend time with Brad’s extended family. This was in mid-summer, with crops growing everywhere, and Brad’s father took Deirdre on a tour of the fields in a large utility vehicle. Deirdre kept looking around and finally asked Brad’s father, “How do you water your crops? I don’t see any pipes or sprinkler systems.” He answered, “We don’t. We just plant the crops and hope it rains.” Deirdre said, “You just wait for rain? What happens if it doesn’t rain, or rain enough?” Brad’s dad: “Well, we don’t have crops, then.”

    Deirdre told me later, “There’s a reason why farmers tend to be very religious.”

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