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Speaking of farmers farms what is your history?
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Mac/MS    Posted 02-21-2003 at 12:17:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was raised on a 640 acre farm my granddaddy rented (who was in his 60's when I started remembering his age) from a man living in Memphis. He and my dad grew cotton and corn, had several hayfields. Dad work a full time job. Granddad raise Black Angus cows, had about 80 head. We picked cotton by hand (got my tail tore up with a cotton wood limb for not picking enough) and had a one row IH picker for the corn. Dad sold that later, wished I could find it to restore. We would pull corn at night on full moons in October. Granddaddy would carry the corn and hay to the feed mill which was about a mile from us, cotton gin was there too. The man in Memphis had a heart attack, decided to sell the place but before we could get the money the paper mill bought it so around age 11 my folks bought 40 acres that joined the 640 acres and built a house. Grandaddy stayed on for several more years till the company said it was time to move they were going to harvest the trees and replant. Grand sold all his cows except 4 which he brought to the 40 acres where he kept them till he couldn't any more then dad started taking care of them till the one old helfer died (she had been Grand's best calf producer). I left for the Navy in '84, came back in '97 and started reclaiming the pastures and fields which dad and my brother who taught school let grow up pretty bad. My wife and I are going to move out with my folks soon as they are about to be unable to take care of themselves, then I'm going to get a couple cows or horses and be a farmer...sort of.

Maggie/TX    Posted 02-22-2003 at 11:37:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was raised in Birmingham, AL but my Dad was born and raised on a farm at Danville, AL and planted vegetables on every available inch of the property where we lived in the city. I don't know what all his family raised on their farm but know they had horses for transportation and chickens, cow, pigs, and raised what they ate and some extra to sell. Daddy's dad died early and left Dad and his brother to look after my grandmother and my aunt, the baby of the family. I know there was some lumber milling going on there too, as I have several pictures of my dad at the sawmill, mostly sitting on top of the stack of lumber after it was stacked. His mom was stricken with something or other "out in the fields" that made her crippled the rest of her life, but I don't remember what was planted in those fields. Probably cotton, as that is the biggest crop up there.

Mother's family lived in your neck of the woods, Mac, as she was born in Reinzi, and they lived there and around Kossuth, Corinth, Hightown, etc. until they moved to Birmingham. They always had chickens and cows and a basic garden, but grandaddy was a rural mail carrier for a living until he got hurt after moving to Birmingham.

'Bout all my farm experience was going to visit friends in Danville that lived on a cotton farm and had chickens, pigs and cows. I sure was glad when they got an inside bathroom there, as I learned I am not cut out for outhouses.

Stretch    Posted 02-22-2003 at 08:50:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
We lived on a dairy farm until I was ten. Poultry after that. 13,000 laying hens-breeders, actually-until I moved away and got my own. Dad still raises chickens. 79,000 cornish every 4 weeks. Worked on a couple of neighbors' produce farms when I was a kid. Now my old chicken house is a barn for the horses, donkeys, sheep, chickens and turkeys. Just enough land-5.5 acres-to "need" a couple of tractors.

Les...fortunate    Posted 02-21-2003 at 16:59:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm the 4th generation on this land of ours here in the mountains of NH. We call it a farm. Some of you in farm country would wonder at that name. Thing that grows best on this land is trees.
We always had cattle, hogs, horses, poultry, sheep. Dad was in the egg business until the early '50s. He was a real animal husbandman.
We were never in the milk business. Best cash crop throughout the years since 1867 when Josiah Timothy Bradley came here from Coaticook, Quebec (he was born in Derby Line, VT) has always been lumber. Dad made a fair bit of money selling gravel. Also made a few bucks when a million gallon/day water supply was discovered on the property in the late '70s.

Old guy in Bama    Posted 02-21-2003 at 15:47:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
The one I'm on now was my great-grand dads. He started buying a little here and there before the war.About 1848. His dad farmed in middle Bama. His dad, in GA. His dad in NC and his dad didn't farm cause he was a child when his family got off the ship in 1682. They were all broke so a couple of generations were blacksmiths. I may have missed a dad or so that stayed in the same place.
Anyhoo, most everything here is in trees now and I'm just feeding the pine beetles and trying to keep the government from getting the rest. No money in farming that I can find. Did my Navy thing and came home. When I leave I'll be in a box.

bob ny    Posted 02-21-2003 at 13:40:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
born on dairy farm upstate ny in 32 no electric untill i was 10 then only in the barn at 11 i was jobbed out to neighbor because our farm didn't need 3 men and my brother was older so he got first choice at 18 i went into the service and into killrea came back to the states got several city jobs got married raised three girls
lived city life untill 1981 rented a farm raised beef bought and sold small animals still had city job 1992 lost 70% of both lungs retired in 1995 stopped farming 1999 bought 40 acres on top of mt away from all the backstabbing fast lane city jobs now enjoying life less then 30 miles from where i was born

Burlgoat    Posted 02-21-2003 at 13:30:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was raised on a dairy farm milked every morning& every evening 365 days a year.I finished high school in '64 went to Dallas to make "big money"doing a/c work retired May 8,2002.Now I am back where I belong.As soon as I get finished doing all my 'Honey-Do'list at the lake house back to my 40 acre piece of heaven I go.

Gary, Mt. Hermon, La    Posted 02-21-2003 at 13:01:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
No family large farming history, Dad was a route salesman for, Borden milk, Pepsi and finally Budweiser. We lived on 3 acres cut out of some rice fields in SW La. As a family of 6 we all helped with gardening, raising chickens, ducks, pigs, and one milk cow. It was a good life for me cause I was shy and didn't like to be around people much, still dont, which is why I have my own 23 acre family farm in the middle of nowhere. Part of an old 40 acre dairy farm long ago gone. Everything I know about livestock, haying, gardening and such mostly come from when I was a teen. The rest I learned thru trial and error, or from the helpful info of good neighbors. Took me nearly 35 years to get back to it but I'm sure glad I did.

Fawteen    Posted 02-21-2003 at 12:56:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Grew up on my Dad's farm in central Michigan. 120 acres that he inherited from HIS father. Hay, corn, wheat and soybeans mostly, and beef critters. Dad would buy weaned calves and feed 'em out. I remember pigs too, but that was when I was too young to do chores.

Dad worked full time as an electrician/maintenance man at a factory to cover the bills, don't know that he made much farming, maybe covered the property taxes.

This was in the 50's and 60's. Joined the Navy in '69 and never looked back. I kind of regret that now. Dad retired and sold the place in '75, except for 40 acres. My oldest brother and I flirted with the notion of farming the 40, but with six of us boys, the math and the legalities got too hard. Can't make nothing on 40 acres anyway, unless ya grow whacky tabacky. Wound up selling it and putting the money in escrow for Mom's care. She's 88 and in the last stages of Alzheimers, so care is expensive.

Now I piddle around with 4 acres, a few sheep, some chickens and a big garden. I get enough dirt under my fingernails to keep the craving under control, and it gives me an excuse to play with tractors.

Cindi    Posted 02-21-2003 at 12:40:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I lived on a dairy farm for awhile after I first got married to my current hubby and then in town again unitl 2000. I have no farming background, so thank God he did or I don't know what we would have done when the well pump broke, or the calf got sick and so on. I've learned a lot from him.

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