He begins the chapter writing about farming ingenuity and the importance of the farm tractor and such. Pretty good stuff ... stuff that I generally enjoyed and agreed with. That being said, let me list the problems in had with this chapter:
- A Pickup Truck
- Hydraulically-Powered Bucket or Manure Scoop
- Cultivating Tools : plow, disk, spike tooth harrow, and a spring tooth harrow
- A Cultipacker
- Weed Cultivator (tractor type or tiller)
- Broadcast Seeder
- Sickle Bar Mower
- Hay Rake
- Manure Spreader
- Some sort of Grain Harvester (AC All-Crop pull behind)
- Fencing Tools (stretchers and such)
- Chain Saw, an axe, a peavey, two wedges, and a steel splitting maul
- Tile Trenching Spade
- Shovel and or Spade for weeding
- Pitch Forks
- Grain Scoop Shovel and Bushel Baskets
- Lawn Mower
- Heated Repair Shop
- Pair of Pliers and Pocketknife
- Grease Gun and Oil Can
I must say this chapter ... which includes a very long list (with explanations) of tools and implements needed to be a contrary farmer ... was very overwhelming to me. I looked at the list (which is what you see above) and felt like there is no way that I could ever get into farming full-time and make a profit. I realize that he isn't talking about getting these things all at once, but even acquiring them over time takes an outlay of cash that cuts into the bottom line. So, I took a second look at the list and thought a little...
I see where he is coming from on everything Mr. Logsdon puts on the list, but I think I'm going to work with less! He is thinking that many of these items can be purchased inexpensively at farm auctions (which they can) and that the can be used to do various farming activities (which is true). But, I think you can cut out quite a bit if you leave out a few things, which may be inexpensive by themselves but add up eventually. I think I would cut out anything related to growing grains ... except the broadcast seeder and maybe a plow. Also, think more about what you can get other people in your area to do for you. Besides the money aspect the thing that scared me about the list was, where do I put all that and how do I fix all that!
As I said, I understand where he is going with all of those things and totally agree with their viability for the "contrary farmer". I just think I need to look at more inexpensive and less tractor related methods as I work at being a beginning farmer.
One thing for sure ... this book does make me think and is inspiring. That is a good thing!