For quite a while when people have asked me what steps they should take when it comes to their journey to become farmers I have said that they needed to take some time working on a farm ... even if that farm does nothing the way they want to do it when they have their own farm. As a beginning farmer I realized there was so much that I wish I would have known going in, and that I could have learned a lot of those things just by volunteering a little time at a farm ... any farm!
Well, five plus years into my farming journey I have finally followed my own advice! Before I would always have an excuse of why I couldn't go work for another farm (no time, no farmers that would want me, no farms doing it the way I am, etc.), but this year for a number of reasons (one of which was the fact I needed hay) I made it happen and it has been a great experience even though it has meant more hours off of my farm than I would like. Here are five things I have learned ... so far ...
- Things Break and You Fix Them
- Practical Farm Things (like taking care of sheep, baling hay, etc.)
- Organic Grain Farming Works and is Work
- How Three Generations Farm Together
- Going With the Flow ... it is very important in farming
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