One of the best things about being a farmer is telling people about being a farmer so I thought for a first post I would do a quick recap on why it’s awesome to be a farmer and then top it off with Stew’s somewhat biased top 10 “Why it’s cool to be a farmer” list.
The neatest thing about being a farmer is that at the end of the day, no matter what type of farm you are from; you get to be part of a storied fraternity that has fed people for centuries. You are one of the few who have maintained our roots to the land and the know-how to wake up in the morning and make food for the world. Granted, sometimes it is really early in the morning and there are some unpleasant parts of the job; I do not enjoy having to pressure wash a barn when it is -30 degrees Celsius in January (for you non farmers, think washing your car, soaking wet, continuously for eight hours) but no job is perfect.
Farming today is a lot different today then it was when the first Skinners came to Perth County to farm back in 1859. On average, today’s farmer can produce enough food to feed 120 people compared to 12 people per farmer in 1900, (http://www.ofac.org). The six generations of Skinners have witnessed some marvellous inventions in agriculture throughout their time farming here in Ontario: the threshing machine, the tractor, the milker, a bigger tractor, the combine, an even bigger tractor, the robot that milks your cows, and finally a tractor that can drive itself. While technology has changed the way we farm, the end goal is still the same; work hard every day to produce high quality food and take care of the environment around you for the generations to follow.
Now, on to the Top 10 “Why I think it’s cool to be a farmer”
Ten: I can take the occasional nap after lunch
Nine: Getting to drive really big machines
Eight: I get an amazing tan…on my arms at least
Seven: I’ll never have to buy a gym membership
Six: I get to see the odd sunrise
Five: I get to eat what I make at work
Four: I rocked wellies before Burberry made them cool
Three: Getting to see things being born
Two: Manure is an excellent exfoliate
One: I feed people