From the monthly archives:
"Farm families do the best they can with what they’ve got"…
That mantra captures a philosophy that spans the centuries from the time when early man decided to plant a seed in the ground or to domesticate a wild boar or harness a wild ox.
More seeds, more wild boars, more oxen meant more labor needs…and creating one own labor force was many times the most inexpensive way to fill this labor need. Thus, agriculture has had a long history of kids helping on the farm.
As a child, raised on a farm, I did not know anything different than having certain responsibilities, chores, jobs, and duties. We were a small, struggling farm and everyone was expected to do his or her part. I was the oldest of five kids and was, therefore, the first to do most everything related to farmwork.
That is why it seemed perfectly natural to be placed on a small loader tractor at age x#@$% by my father to assist him in moving equipment from one location to another . The fact that my legs were not long nor strong en ...
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