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Farm Kids Have More Fun!

May 8th, 2010

A common misconception about farms is that farms are boring.  You take a long drive out into the middle of nowhere and there is nobody and nothing to do.  Wrong!  Sure, a person can be bored silly on a farm just as well as they can in a city.  But as my mother always said “only boring people get bored.”  This is really true when it comes to farm kids.  Growing up on a farm you have to know how to make your own fun!  And a couple of perks are that most of that fun doesn’t cost you a cent and you really don’t have to travel anywhere to get to it.

Some things that I have done for fun on the farm, mostly when I was a teenager:

Go for a ride in the tractor or on the four-wheeler

Swim or fish if there is a river or lake nearby

Take your dad’s (or someone’s) pickup truck mudding (mudding is the activity in which one takes a truck down a muddy dirt or gravel road and mud flies everywhere making a huge mess and the vehicle slides around nearly going off the road….really quite exciting)

Horseback riding

Have a huge shop party so that you can invite nearly all the kids in the county

Bonfires out in the middle of nowhere

Taking some machinery out for a drive

Using your incredibly huge lawn as a golf course or a baseball diamond

Also using your incredibly huge lawn for a ice skating rink in the winter

Barn dances

Take a trip in the grain truck to the elevator and have coffee with the guys

Driving really fast down deserted roads (I wouldn’t try this one)

Street dances in small towns nearby

Hunting/or making a shooting range

Go to the implement dealer and check out the new tractors and combines

Check out the county fair or parade in the summertime

There are a lot of things that a person can do on a farm that are really fun.  Also as I have mentioned in my earlier posting is that farm life is also a lot about friends, family and the connections that you have with others.  If you have friends and neighbors then you can always get a group together and have a good time.

Some of these ideas may sound a little out there to some of you who have never experienced them but they really are a lot of fun.  And one does not have to be a “country person” to appreciate these things nor do those who live on farms not appreciate activities in metropolitan areas.

So I encourage you to find a friend who has access to a farm and go and try some of these things if you never have before.  You might find that you have more fun than you thought you would.


The Farmer’s Daughter


Please welcome a farmer’s daughter to our blog!

April 7th, 2010

I will be posting on her behalf, please read and say hello!

The Farmer’s Daughter

I grew up on a farm in southeastern North Dakota.  When most people think of farms they think of animals.  We did not have any animals on our farm.  It was strictly a grain farm.  The crops grown on our farm included soybeans, navy beans, sunflowers and wheat.

There are many great things to be said about farming.  I believe that it is one of the best ways for a family to live, especially for children.  As children my three siblings and I always had lots of space to run and play.  We lived in a house that is nearly 90 years old and it was fun to know that we lived in the same house that my great-grandparents had lived in.  My mom always had lots of flowerbeds and a vegetable garden, so we had fresh vegetables every summer and fall.

Besides family life there is also community life involved in farming.  Usually when a person is a farmer they get to know a lot of their neighbors because they do business with them on a regular basis.  Or if they do not do business with them it is still useful to get to know one another because farmers can discuss crops, the markets, the weather and other topics and get advice and ideas.  Farm families also depend on one another in times of crisis.  When a crop needs to be harvested immediately or face impending destruction, who will they call to help?  The only people they really can call are their friends and neighbors who are in the agriculture business as well.  There is not a farmers-for-hire business that they can call on a moment’s notice. The friends and neighbors will have the appropriate equipment, skills and knowledge to get the job done.

Farming families often have lived within the same communities together for generations.  Their children have gone to school and grown up with the other family’s children, just as their parents did.  Some families are related to other families.  Some have long-standing businesses together.  And when one says long-standing in relation to a farm life situation they usually mean something spanning generations.  This is how it is in small, rural, farming communities and it will likely continue on that way.  This is a culture unlike many others.  One will not find this in a big city.

Farming is a fascinating profession.  It is often not looked at as a high-status profession, but in reality farmers really need to be business savvy and decisive.  They have a lot of the qualities that would be looked for in a CEO or CFO and probably run a budget comparable, if not larger, than most businesses.  They drive equipment that is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and use trucks, pickups, 4-wheelers, and planes to keep an eye on their business’ progress.  Farming also involves chemistry, geology and biology.  Farmers have to know how their plants grow, when they grow, what to do if they will not grow and much more.  Farmers have to know about soil quality and how the minerals in the ground affect their crops.  And farmers have to know how to mix chemicals.  If they choose to use herbicides, pesticides or fungicides they have to know how to use them, how to mix them, etc.  Altogether there is so much variety in the profession of farming.  For a farmer, the learning never ends.

I have gone through and given you a sampling of what farming is as a way of life and as a profession.  I have observed and experienced all of this and more that I would like to tell you about in future postings.  I did have some hesitation on writing in this blog because I do come from a 4th generation farm family and from a farming community.  I know how close these relationships can be and want to be respectful in my writings of this.  Because of this I may refrain from giving specifics about myself or those I am writing about.  But I do hope that I can open your eyes to what growing up on a farm would be like and what a rural, farming culture is all about.  I aim to dispel some misconceptions and give you a little humor as well.  I hope that I can teach you something and I welcome any questions.