Why on earth do you want to farm?


Doug’s beautiful evocative writing portrays such wonderful images of the life my grandfather must have had, and also his grandfather, and so on beyond several generations earlier. How I wish I’d known such a life but my farming grandparents died before I was born. Their name was ALKER and they farmed for generations around Lancashire, England. Before that, I believe from their name they may have been Vikings. I traced them to the 1600s where they lived in Ormskirk. Orm was a viking and Orm’s kirk was his church.

Doug's Scribbles and Ramblings

I am reposting this from a previous blog I had since it was kind of popular, and I am really feeling sentimental today.

“Why on earth do you want to farm”?  I was asked that countless times over the years that I farmed.  Even more times before that when I was in high school!  They were quick to point out the long hours, dirty work environment, dangerous conditions, and of course, low income.  I usually answered with something like “because I love it “, or “I like knowing I’m helping to feed the world”.  Both good answers, but I never really felt like I  answered their question.

  It’s only now that I haven’t sat on a tractor seat in almost twelve years that I think I have a decent answer.  And that answer comes to me as I come to realize my spring and fall depressions get worse as…

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About caroleparkes

My husband calls me a butterfly because I flit from one hobby to another. Apart from being a wife for 49 years, a mother of three sons, and a grandmother, I'm also an author, genealogist, amateur artist, a lover of most needlecrafts, and occasional poet. Of the above, my most enduring interest has been writing and I hope to be doing it well into old age.
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