You got that right.
I am located next to a State Organic Organization who has a lot of members and puts on a big fair every year. That brings hippie's and the crunchy granola types who think farming means you have two goats and an apple tree then go out in the back 40 with a picnic basket with the kids and the wife, with a nice back drop of sheep and cows and commune with nature as the kids run around barefoot laughing and are happy as they eat their gluten free, organic, free range eggs and eggplant. Yeah right!
The USDA used to give money to those people thinking we needed start up farmers, but the problem was after about 7 years they realized how hard farming was, sold the land that they got at low interest rates and paid by tax payers and left us with house lots from their failed subdivided farms. People complain now that it is harder to qualify for start-up farm loans, but I am glad the USDA does or we would not have an acre to farm left in this county.
I know I am not right that is for sure. This year I was in a good position financially and rather then buy something fun like a new snowmobile, atv or tractor...the wife and I spent 10 grand so that we could clear 10 acres of forest into field. My materialistic friends will never get this, but I am not hard wired to obtain "things", what I enjoy is setting goals and figuring out ways to make them happen. That was why we made the field, it was on my to-do list and getting that done...something that will last my lifetime anyway, is important to me. That has real lasting value to me as I can walk across that field when I am 80...perhaps with a cane...and say to my Grandson, "I remember bulldozing this field when I was 38". And the amount of food that will come off that filed over the next 40 years will be staggering whether it be to produce milk or lamb. When you have a farming perspective like that, spending 10 grand to build it is an insane return on investment.
My next project is bulldozing a road to some fields about a mile through the woods. To get to them now requires a trek of 2-1/2 miles over unmaintained county roads that plays havoc on the trucks. The USDA already said they would not help me do it, so it is just a matter of figuring out how to do it myself. It might take me a few years, but I will build it.
Mark (PA) wrote:Just shows you don't have to have it all to start but you do have to be willing to work very hard... Farming is alot of work and you really gotta have it in your blood to work that hard and enjoy I think.