The Passionate Farmer

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Here’s some fun with words and thoughts on farming I wrote some time ago and just never posted.

Before the title “hobby farmer” became widely used, the parlance of the time for a man who toiled in the fields with little or no monetary reward was “gentleman farmer.” I don’t actually know the etymology of gentleman farmer, although it seems a little rude. Were those who turned dirt and a profit not gentleman? If the implication is that a weekend farmer was somehow superior to the full-timer, then I don’t care for the title. I’ve far too much respect for those who have successfully (or even unsuccessfully) taken on agriculture as a means-to-an-end.

As for hobby farmer; I do think it’s more appropriate. It removes the gender – which is important. Based on what I see in magazines and the internet (and my wife), small-scale farming is as much if not more a female pursuit. And it removes the pretentiousness of it; describing more the action (farming) and not the quality of the person (gentleman).

But I have issues with Hobby Farmer. For starters I think most hobby farmers earn some revenue – just not much profit and certainly not a living. I enjoy revenue from the farm in much the same way I believe Warren Buffet enjoys his successful investments. It’s not about the money, it’s just the way success in the market is measured. For myself – when I’ve done well enough on the land that someone else will pay for the spoils it’s a sign I’m learning and succeeding. 

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Homemade noodles

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As a kid I remember my mother making homemade pasta. Mostly because my brother and I would sneak into the kitchen and snag the doughy pasta as it was drying on the racks. Having a few extra minutes on my hands now-a-days I decided to make my first batch of noodles as an adult. It seemed well worth it when I was done. Also, our chickens add a little fun to it…  Here is how I did it: Continue reading

Busting ground – and the lawn tractor

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We’ve promised a lot of follow-ups on the projects from the winter – but it’s always easier to write about things that are more recent. So here’s a quick update for the spring.

Time to mow the lawn:

While we have a large garden, pasture and woods on our property – we still have no shortage of manicured lawn. That will likely change as we increase the footprint of the “farm,” but it will always be a sizable amount. So, cutting our grass is a time-consuming endeavor – made increasingly complicated by the constant upkeep of the lawn tractor. We bought a used one three years ago with a 42-inch cut and a few hundred hours on it for a 1/5 of what they cost new. A decision I’m mostly happy with. Many parts are cheap online, so upkeep has been more a matter of sweat equity than dollar bills.

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Remove paint form door hinges and hardware

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My husband and I have different opinions on how the finer things in life should be done. Such as painting over hinges and hardware on doors. He can’t stand painting over hinges. I don’t care. He has the mindset of if you are going to do it, do it right, while I have the mindset of lets just get this done as quickly as possible. I must say, this being the third time we’ve encountered this problem, I think he might just be right. Continue reading

Redneck Hay Rake Vs. Nature’s Velcro

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I guess it’s more of a bur cutter – but that didn’t have the same ring. Why am I “mowing” the pasture in April with a barbed-wire infused log? Well, despite the fact that the plants are almost totally dead by October, they’re mischief is just beginning at that time. The stalks collapse very slowly and the prickle seed of the plant is ripe for the stickin’ for months to come.

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Easter Lilies = A Silent Killer…MUST READ!!

A farm for all seasons

It’s Easter time!!! One of my favorite holidays as a kid. Waking up to an Easter basket filled with candies and chocolates, searching our small backyard and house for hidden eggs and dyeing eggs wacky and weird colors was all part of the greatness of the holiday. As I grew older some of those traditions have slowly faded away. My mother now tosses me a bag of my favorite Easter candy and says, “This is from the Easter bunny…” However you celebrate this holiday or don’t celebrate this holiday there is one surprise you may not be in for that stems from this occasion.

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Down with the dropped ceilings

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The first step in remodeling both the kitchen and the upstairs bedroom was the removal of the dropped ceiling. I’ll be honest, I have never in my life seen these ceilings in the living space of a residential building; outside of a basement. However, we’ve learned it wasn’t terribly uncommon in rural homes as it was a cheap way to insulate and a fast way to have a new ceiling. Our prior owner also used it to hide new wire runs – which were easier to do over top the old bead board ceiling. Although in some places he still went above the bead board and through the joists, so I don’t know… Continue reading