Thursday, December 08, 2005

I'll just Smile :)

We are kind of odd balls in the world of modern farming. People don't know what to think of us, really. I suppose you would call us Homesteader/Farmers. Modern agriculture operates under the presupposition that you do only one thing and you do it big. While the majority of our income comes from our little dairy herd, we have always had a multitude of critters on our place. We have always had gardens and raised are own meat. You might think this would be common place in the farming world, but its not. Most dairymen think we are nuts. First, they think any animal besides a cow is worthless. The other thing they have come to embrace is the idea that they are not "farmers" but "producers" or "agribusinessmen". They all, for the most part, think that we are a bunch of backward hicks. I wrote about it this earlier, Here.

I think the one of the greatest gifts my father gave me was an apprecation for all the different kinds of livestock that God gave us to work with. When I was growing up I had the opportunity to raise just about every kind of animal you can think of. We've, at one time or another-sometimes all at once, had hogs, dairy goats, meat goats, chickens, turkeys, dairy cows, beef cows, sheep and others. Dad and the other old timers I grew up learning under had such vast knowlege about things in the natural world. I can rember walking in the woods with dad when I was just a sprout. He could identify every plant and tree and weed in the forest. I've always thought that kids would love learning natural science if it was presented this way. Some things you can't learn well indoors. I have no desire to be a "big shot agribusinessman". I'll tend my little herd of jerseys, grow my gardens, trap my fur and enjoy raising a family in a unique setting that can't be duplicated. While the experts all write their articles and reports about how "you can't make a living that way", and while the rest of the world shakes their collectivist heads in disbelief that anyone would "want to live like that", I just smile a simple country smile and watch the rats race around me.

5 Comments:

At 12/08/2005 7:09 AM, Blogger TNfarmgirl said...

Amen and Amen!! Well said Scott...what a great post! Seems those rats run faster each year...but they also seem to look longingly in our direction!

 
At 12/08/2005 11:19 AM, Blogger Missouri Rev said...

When mankind rightly stewards the land within the God-ordained confines of its created scale, they find the time and grace to learn the intimate details of it . . . its soil, plants, trees, animals , etc. and their created interrelationships, which, when rightly managed and cared for, leads to the blessing and profit of the Lord. The Scriptures make it clear that creation was scaled for the family, not mega-farmers, agribusinessmen, etc., who have no time to steward it in a God-blessed sustainable manner which improves it for the next generation. In fact, our entire debt-based system is totally dependant upon industrial man mining the land for all it has got, which includes “agribusiness production.” I am encouraged by your humble testimony Scott, may the Lord raise up many more Christian agrarians.

 
At 12/08/2005 1:43 PM, Blogger Mark,Debbie,Mattias, & Maria said...

Scott,
So true the blessings of animals...I love to go the the barn at dusk after chores, and just watch the goats or cows eat fresh hay... And yes, the rat race is on, I just choose by God's grace not participate, and count the cost - a family who have values relating to Jesus Christ. We have already won!

 
At 12/10/2005 10:09 AM, Blogger Walter Jeffries said...

You are so right. We have a mix of animals. Together they are greater than any one type alone. Not is it better farming but it is better survival, better independance, better security and better for the land and the farmer. I have a cousin with a factory farm. He has two quantaset huts with 50,000 chickens in each. A horror. Imagine the smell if you can.

 
At 12/11/2005 4:18 PM, Blogger Girl Gone Gardening said...

Sigh*


I would love to be a farmer :)

 

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