11.30.2012

Farm Life Friday: It's Been A While

If you've been a long time follower here you might remember that when we lived on a farm in South Georgia I had a series called "Farm Life Friday" where I shared the latest farming trends and happenings with the rest of the world.
While we no longer live on our own farm, we still live in the midst of beautiful farmland.
Because it's the last day of November, because I love living in an agricultural area, because farmland is still the heartbeat of America-in my opinion, because when I need for things to be put in perspective I drive through the country, because I want to remember the way November looks here, I'm posting on the rural life once again.
In a world that seems to have a large population of people who want to get as much as possible while working and contributing as little as possible, it is refreshing to see that farmers are still willing to work and farm to provide for such a self-centered society.
That being said, I love driving through agricultural farms because someone is always out there working.
 Planting crops, harvesting, plowing, mending fences, managing livestock, working the land, and paying higher and higher property taxes every year is butt busting work.
It's hard and physical labor, it's long hours, it's every season, it's nasty, it's honest, it's humbling, it's rewarding.
That smell that most people cringe at when passing by a farm, that's the smell of money to a farmer.
Though farming is not a lucrative profession, people farm because it's in their blood and/or they just love it. 
I can assure you it's not for the money.
 I can't help but feel like many people don't really have much work ethic anymore.
Folks have a sense of entitlement, and if it's not a job they "like" doing, then they quit.
I know I'm an old soul and all, but I think our grandparents and great grandparents were much richer than people today in that they had no choice but to have work ethic, strength, and determination.
They had to make the best of what they had and "things" didn't just land in their laps.
 I'm thankful that I was raised in home where working wasn't an option.
My sister and I had to cut the grass, clean, plant and harvest a garden, cook, and do laundry from a very early age.
We didn't have much money at all, but we were happy and never thought we did without.
Because of that we were prepared to be on our own when the time came.
 When you eat your produce, your meat, wear cotton clothes, pick out your pumpkins and Christmas trees, remember the farmers that made it possible for you to enjoy those fresh items.
 The railroad system is still widely used and transports goods and resources from coast to coast.
 This is God's country.
 These are massive mobile irrigation systems used to water extremely large amounts of land simultaneously.
You can see that this field has just been harvested.
 That beautiful Southern Snow that  I so dearly love-that cotton-is in your bed and bath linens, your attire, your mattresses and sofas, your vehicles, and more.
People have to harvest it so that it can be used in all of these consumer goods.
How amazing is it that such a natural and wonderful fiber grows out of this Earth?!
This is how the cotton looks after it has been harvested-it's formed into large rectangular blocks that are about the size of a crate for a small semi truck.
 Dairy cattle, also known as Holsteins, are responsible for producing the milk that is used to make all dairy products.
My husband could talk to you about these cows all day.
His Grandad's family used to run a dairy.
You can't even begin to imagine the work and commitment it takes to operate a dairy.
Forget about vacations and time off.
Think about the dairy farmers of the world when you enjoy your dairy products.
 These are tower silos, which are used primarily for storing grains.
 These are beef cows. Brandon can tell you just about anything you want to know about them, too.
He's a cow man, loves Bovine medicine.
 Round hays bails make life a little easier compared to the days of the square bails.
 These are some John Deere Combine harvesters that harvest grain crops.
The machine combines the jobs of reaping, threshing, and winnowing into one process, hence the name.
 Whether you say "pe-cahn" (North Georgia) or "pee-can," (South Georgia) pecan orchards are a beautiful sight to see.
Any guesses on how I pronounce it?
 One of the reasons I love country music is because many of the artists are from rural areas and they appreciate and recognize the American farmer, and they need to be recognized.
I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into what the world around our neck of the woods looks like.
Our skyscrapers are silos. Our traffic jams are due to cattle crossing or tractors. Our night lights are the stars and moon in the sky. Our piece of heaven on earth isn't extravagant, it's simple.
Thomas Edison said that "Opportunity is missed by people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
Amen. 
God Bless the farmers and large animal veterinarians of the world!

12 comments:

  1. GORGEOUS post! I find wide open farmland to be breathtaking! I especially love the sweet cows! I so enjoyed decorating my mantel with fresh picked cotton bolls this year! Thank you for sharing! :)

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    1. Thank you!! I agree! I used a lot of cotton in my holiday decor this year, too! :) I just can't get enough of it! xoxo

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  2. Such a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing the photos are gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you!! Hope you're having a wonderful week so far! xoxo

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  3. That is my favorite quote! I grew up on a small farm and can attest to everything you said. It amazes me the lack of work ethic people have in relation to what they expect out of life!

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    1. Meredith! God Bless you!!! You made my day! :) xoxo

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  4. Growing up on a farm is the best childhood possible, in my opinion. I love(ed) it, and will never permanently live in the city. Beautiful post!

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    1. You are so right, Kaycee! Thank you! I love to visit the city every now and then and I love to see the skyline lit up at night, but I could never live there permanently either. Hope you have a great week! xoxo

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  5. Sweet post!! I agree with everything! One of my very favorite things to do is drive through farm land and always take the backroads I just feel so much better there.

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    1. Delta-if that is really your name, then I'm in love! :) That's one of my favorite things, too. It's a stress relief and an eye-opener to the important things! Thank you for your sweet words! Have a blessed week! xoxo

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  6. I love all the photos girlie! However I must be honest I do not know that I could handle farm life per say! I think it would be a lot to take in!However there is soo much too it that I love so very much :) ps I loved the tree you all decorated which had cotton in it :) so cute & adorable!

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    1. Thank you!! Ahh, you could handle it ;)!! After the initial culture shock of the isolation aspect you would get along just fine! That tree still isn't completely finished because I ran out of deco mesh and burlap and since we live it the country, it's 25 min. to the store to get some more and I haven't felt like making the trek yet, lol! Hopefully I'll get around to it before Christmas had passed by! xoxo

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