A small farm is an important part of agriculture. But I’m not talking about a few acres so much as a few carpets. Our son, somewhat by default, is really into farming. He’s five years old and he will tell his great grandpa, granpda, and dad how to operate equipment in the field. And he will be right. He just doesn’t have long enough arms and legs to do it himself yet, but he does have a pretty major operation going at home. In fact, he recently told me he needs another machine shed to store the equipment for his enterprise. I assume it is a universal farm kid thing to hook up toy implements to toy tractors in order to make lines in the carpet just like Dad or Mom or Grandpa do in the real fields. Our son is a stickler for having everything organized and in straight rows. A good start for potential future farmer. If I flip a parked tractor around when he isn’t looking he’ll spot it soon enough.
He also really wants to do work at home just like whatever is being done on the full size farm. When we are working in the fields he wants to know before bedtime whether we left equipment in the field overnight or brought it back to the shop. He will do the same with his equipment. Right now he doesn’t even really want to play with his farm equipment because it’s winter and we are not doing any field work. We did however get our the wet wipes recently to wipe off the dust that has been collecting on his store equipment. I guess he’s watched us clean a few tractors.
Trucks parked on the side of the road during harvest. Carpets are fields and the laminate flooring is roads. Implements are raised and lowered accordingly for field work and roading. This small farm is a big deal!
At the dealer looking for new equipment. This stuff is expensive and a lot of though goes into the decision process. Especially when it’s your own money!
Getting it done with the big equipment on the small farm! He’s got to have the real deal when it comes to grain. We have plastic baggies of corn, soybeans, and popcorn in the drawers where his toys go.
If we’re lucky our son will be the 5th generation to run our family farm. If that turns out to be his profession then he’s putting in a lot of hours training right now. Of course he spends a good deal of time out in the real fields with the big boys. Beck’s Hybrids has a series of videos called Why I Farm. Beck’s “This isn’t playtime. It’s practice.” sums up the life of a farm kid working on the small farm dreaming of working the big farm one day.
What do you think of small farming? Do you have a small farmer too? Let me know in a comment.