Nothing makes our heart happier then seeing a kid sprawled out on the floor combining beans or chopping silage. It always reminds us there is hope for the future. That this is another generation ready to take on the challenge of feeding the world.
Carpet farming teaches life lessons…
Hope for the best but plan for the worst– You can start planting and the rows can be as straight as can be but if your baby brother who is just starting to crawl decides to come for you that seed can need replanted worse than any spring rain.
Life has a budget – Many times kids buy their own equipment, livestock, or feed. It teaches kids the importance of saving for what they want. Will the save for the nicer or but what they can afford now and work their way up?
Always have a back up plan– Sometimes (okay most times) accidents happen. More than once dad will step on the fence and let all those weaned calves loose all over the dining room.
Have a good banker– Now this may be mom or your favorite aunt but if you can present your case well and provide a good way to repay the money (for low interest) they’ll stand by you til the end but you have to have a good relationship before you need it.
Life doesn’t always go as planned – your younger & cuter cousin will inevitably show up at grandmas and they will want to take your brand new baler home and guess what grandma will give in.
Do you have similar memories growing up on the farm? What are some of the best lessons you learned on the floor?
Here’s to all the farm families out there making big plans and chasing big dreams because of the lessons they learned carpet farming!