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About defining a farmer.......


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Posted by Cindi on February 22, 2003 at 11:53:32 from (64.12.96.70):

I got it! Two, count 'em TWO classes of farmers. Kind of like the bible, with the old testament and the new testament.

OLD GENERATION

Your grandfathered in type who lives a hard scrabble life trying to put food on the table and keep the insects and weather (and crop circlers *smile*)from starving them to death. The kind who can identify a tractor on sight, knows what kind of bug is eating his corn at a glance, can tell you by looking at the sky if'n it's gonna rain, and has a special pocket in his overalls to hold just about anything he needs. He knows off the top of his head what crop prices are because he checks all the time because it may mean the difference between a thin or a fat winter, and he's as well known at the local diner as he is at his own kitchen table.

NEW GENERATION

Hasn't been on a farm all his life and has other sources of income, but takes great pride in everything he grows, raises, sells, butchers and of every morsel of food he has worked to put on the table, especially that which he grew with his own two hands. Has pretty extensive knowledge of tractors OR growing vegetables OR raising hogs OR cattle but rarely has knowledge in all those areas. Can find humor, irony, and or sadness in many things that happen around the farm as each event may be an entirley new experience. Isn't as well known at the local diner but it aint for want of trying as he's as freindly and open as he can be. Is willing to sacrifice just about everything to buy that piece of land and move reluctant kids and a dubious wife onto it because it feels like the right thing to do and just to prove that it will all be worth it end the end.

Those are some pretty general descriptions but it's the best I could do.

I don't know about you guys, but I'm an NG.


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