will keep you
entertained! These true stories below are about personal encounters or
memories of life on the farm when the writers were just knee-high to
grasshoppers. Some are just simple farm stories where people are
recounting their experiences and recalling memories, often quite
humorously. These are ordinary people like you and me.
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two of your own!
Aunt Ruth and the Ginger Snap Cookie Incident
Author: Dennis Copson
We grew up in the 1940's and '50's on a
small dairy and chicken farm in Belfast, Maine. 'We' being my two
brothers and three cousins. Times there were hard. Farming in those
days, as I suspect it is now, was an austere life. Lots of hard work
with little compensation. I think the people who bought our milk and
chickens made the money. The small farmer seldom benefited then and I
doubt they are doing much better today.
There wasn't a lot of money for extras
or store - bought things especially sweets like cookies, cakes, or
pies. Things that kids love. Not to worry. We were blessed to have as
our aunt one of the finest - maybe THE finest - bakers of such things
as there was in the 'kind old state' of Maine if not the entire New
As a girl growing up on a farm in
Minnesota to a good Catholic family this meant I came from a family
with lots of kids. There was always something to do on the farm.
In the winter there was running out and
feeding the cows and pigs. Picking eggs from the chickens. Then there
was always the problem of getting the snow out of the driveway so we
can catch the bus for school and when you have 1/4 mile driveway it
Growing up on a farm is one of the
advantages of the lifestyle for Peter and Amy Gieseke, who were named
the Watonwan County Farm Family of the Year.
For instance, their three-year-old
Carter learns from what he sees on the farm. "I found an orange
spider," he yelled last Wednesday to whoever is in earshot, as he
inspected the portable teeter-totter that Peter played on when he was a
child. As his brother Clay came over to look at it,...
FARMING STORIES: Agriculture — Bigger
Than You Think
Author: Kaitlin Weist
Agriculture is a word many people use,
but do they really know what agriculture means? Do they know what
agriculture involves? Do they know how important it is to our country
and how it impacts each of our lives?
The work of cultivating soil, producing
crops, and raising livestock is the definition of agriculture
("Agriculture"). The goods produced and the means by which they are
created vary greatly. Agriculture has been an essential part of
American life since the foundation of our country. However, many people
do not realize that many aspects of human life depend on the numerous
types of agriculture.
My passion for horses goes back to my early childhood in a
small town near the Great Lakes. If there was anything to do with a
horse, I was fascinated and totally spellbound always in total awe of
these beautiful magnificent creatures.
I loved the way they walked, in total control and I watched
every muscle on their legs as they pranced in a field. I fed them grass
through the holes in a fence just to be near them and pat them although
I was afraid of them at the same time. I brought them red apples from
home, or a sugar cube, when I had one, to feed them. I do not know why
this is, but I am simply in captivated love - with horses.
As a child at the age of six or older, I was taken ...
Growing up on a Delaware farm was a
wonderful and rewarding experience for me.
I grew up in an area where a couple of
dozen families in an area of about hundred square miles had farmed,
married each other and been a stable community for centuries, along
Delaware Rout One just north of Lewes.
In my early youth, I grew up on a farm where we had 33 cows,
18 we milked twice a day, 3 horses, some chickens, 60 acres of corn,
hay and pasture. It was a farm that my maternal grandparents owned.
There were barns, tractors, long hours and Sundays in church. We grew
corn, hay and pasture. We had a large garden and some fruit trees. We
FARMING STORIES: Wild Chickens, a Shotgun and
Author: Jesse Taylor
Ever heard of wild chickens? Well
neither had Jesse, the author, until the neighbours from hell rented 28
acres from a local farmer where his friend Bryan used to take his
English gaming fowl for some freedom. After a series of misfortunate,
or fortunate events, depending on whose viewpoint you champion, Jesse
became a part-owner of this land. But how did that happen?
"Curiosity killed the cat" is an old
adage. For those of us who own cats, we know that that appears to be
true; they are a curious lot, and many really need those nine lives.
For this next story, however, it appears that sometimes there isn't
even a choice on the path to curiosity! Many thanks again to Jesse
Taylor for his delightful contributions to our website!
"My Daddy, Willard, came to Ohio to be
a bridge builder. He didn't own the company, but he loved working
outside and never could stand looking at the same scenery for too very
long. You can see how the job would appeal to someone like that...
FARMING STORIES: The Simple Life - Old Timely
Author: Jesse Taylor
The Simple Life: Old Timely Ways - I
don't know about teaching any classes on the "good old simple ways" of
doing things. Growing up back in the hills of Kentucky, five miles from
the nearest paved road and two miles from the nearest neighbor, with no
electricity or indoor plumbing, we lived simply, but we may not have
lived the best. Far as I'm concerned, today's Amish, even the most
conservative of them, have a lifestyle that's full of 100 times more
modern conveniences than we ever had.
I never got ice cream, candy or soda
pop. At 12 years old, I...
FARMING STORIES: A Story of Country Living 60 Years Ago
Author: Michael Price
Nearly sixty years ago, we were going through what is politely known as
a 'sticky patch'. Not the least of our concerns was the urgent need for
accommodation. How it happened, I can't recall, but suddenly we found
ourselves the tenants of an unoccupied cottage that had been a
gamekeeper's, but no longer was. Why this was so, we never knew -
perhaps the landowners had run out of game to keep?
Although it was not miles from anywhere, it was somewhat isolated,
situated at the top of a rise in the land, and ....
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