Things I Never Knew About Farming


We have officially been here on the farm for two years now. In some ways the time has flown by, and in others it seems a lifetime ago. When we began our farming adventures here, we thought we knew what we were getting in to. We had some experience, spent countless hours researching and planning, and had a network of friends and family to talk with if we had a problem. No matter how well you prepare for it though, the farming life can certainly throw some surprise at you!   

Growing up I knew I wanted to be a farmer. My biggest dream was to live on a farm, have a big garden, beautiful rolling hills dotted with animals, the smell of flowers in the gentle breeze, as I walk through a perfectly clean barn on a bright sunny day. There are only a few things wrong with the scenario I used to play in my head:  

  • 1)In my visions I was always clean! 
  • 2)In my visions the barn was always clean! 
  • 3)There were no dirty animals! 
  • 4)The air smelled like flowers! 

 Do you see a pattern here? Not once in all of my day dreaming did I conjure up a picture of me splattered in mud in the pouring rain chasing an escaped dirty pig through the yard and back into it’s electric fence with lightening flashing all around. Reality is quit different from my childhood dreams, but it is also so much more exciting! The longer we are here, the more we realize there are many things we never knew about farming!   

Pigs are clean animals 

Really, they are! Pigs do not wander around in their own filth as many people think. In the wintertime, our pigs are usually spotlessly clean on pretty days. However, pigs can not sweat. So in the summer time when the temperatures climb, they must find a way to cool down. They do so by taking a mud bath! The cool mud serves two purposes. First it cools the pig, and second it acts as a sun block preventing their skin from burning. You will notice that when the temperature goes back down pigs will seek a source of water and take a bath. They enjoy being clean! In the winter when the weather is very messy and muddy, our pigs do their best to stay clean. Even if it means taking a bath in their drinking water!  

  Pig Taking Bath 

12/21/2013 6:28:32 AM

this was a awesome read.. ! thank you for sharing.. =)

1/29/2013 9:49:21 PM

Suzanne, farm life rarely comes out of our mind the way we think it should. Since I started life on the farm, I didn't have any notions about what it was. Even after knowing the life, I longed to return to that life but it wasn't to be. Now I live the life of an Urban farmer but without the animals. Yup, farm life is the only life to live, don't you think? Have a great day on the farm.

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