Gay farmers and Gay farmer want to be

  • zakariahzol

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    Feb 04, 2009 3:16 PM GMT
    Are there any one among us here a farmer. I mean guys who work the land, planting crops, raising livestock, living in a farm house and working hard. I have this dream to became one , somedays. Probably after I retire from my job now. I know reality are very different from fantasy and life in a farm probably is not as romantic and serene as it seem. I am sure farmer also have all kind of problem like them rest of us.

    For those who is in this wonderful profession, how about sharing some experience with us town folk.

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    Feb 04, 2009 6:21 PM GMT
    I grew up on a farm.

    Positive aspects: lots of land for roaming with the dogs. Quiet at night, with the sounds of cars on the road a rare distraction. The Milky Way. Lots of things that smell like plants. Lots of things that smell like animals. Boots are a must, so if you like to wear boots, this is the job for you. You'll see every sunrise and every sunset.

    Negative aspects: you will itch from every plant and pricker and stone and stick. Hay fever. Daily cuts on hands, arms, face, neck. No money. Weeds. Neighbors who spray herbicides and poison your well-water and give your mother cancer.

    My advice: don't drink the water.
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    Feb 04, 2009 6:49 PM GMT
    I grew up on a farm as well.

    Like Mikeytopogigio said it's quiet work most of the time and there is the entire "communing with the land" aspect of it.


    Wheat beards will cut right through denim and undies and poke your junk in a most unpleasant manner.

    Those same wheat beards will slice your hand open like a rusty box knife.

    Stinging nettles and like plants constantly need to be removed by hand.

    Snakes are attracted to the rats and mice which are attracted to the grain, you have to be cool with that.

    Hogs are nothing like they are in Babe. They can be huge, vicious and depending on the variety, would sooner eat you than their protein meal.

    You have to love getting up at 4 a.m.

    Animals shit a lot and often stink like hell even when they aren't shitting.

    Equipment is ungodly expensive.

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    Feb 04, 2009 8:14 PM GMT
    How about horse ranches..Parents had a big one..mine was not as big.

    Peace and quiet
    fresh air
    smells like hosre manure, leather, hay, oats, fresh rain on dry soil,
    starts you can see by
    warm summer breezes blowing in through and open window
    the horses and livestock

    hard work
    seclusion, trust em..try to get a gay man to live on one.
    long drive to go to anything, like a theather, bar

    however I would go back in a heart beat if I could make a better living out there, and get someone to join me.

  • vacyclist

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    Feb 04, 2009 8:18 PM GMT
    Let's see.... I live in what could be termed a farm house on about 35 acres, I work hard, often have dirty finger nails, file Schedule F every year, but working the land is only part of what I do for a living. These days my involvement with agribusiness is limited to square-baling hay & selling it to the horsey folks.

    Is it "romantic and serene"? Sometimes. Do I have "problem like the rest of us"? You can bet on it. Am I satisfied with my chosen lifestyle? For the most part, yes. You're welcome to come help when it's time to get the next batch of hay in. (I can guarantee a good workouticon_biggrin.gif)
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    Feb 04, 2009 8:22 PM GMT
    Nothing sexier than a farm-raised man.
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    Feb 04, 2009 8:26 PM GMT
    Farm houses usually suck, at least all the ones I've lived in. They are usually 50+ years old, the plumbing sucks and they are in need of major renovations. Working the land and animals? Meh, its more full time than having kids. Serene? Sometimes, when the dogs aren't barking at the coyotes that are too close to the house. Or there's a mare in heat squealing all night. Or you've just weaned the calves so they won't stop w/ the mooing. The rest of the time its nice and quiet. Fresh air? Other than the smell of cow manure, the occassional dead animal, oh yeah, and the skunk that the dogs chased in the colvert down the road, the air is pretty fresh.

    Of course the pros - The sound of the wind through the trees in the creek bottom makes me sleep like a baby. And the smell of fresh cut hat is the best.
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    Feb 04, 2009 8:31 PM GMT
    I grew up on a horse farm in Ky,

    Animals have temperments and will, bit and kick you no matter how well you take care of them

    Cleaning up after said animals sucks too

    as does chasing them down when a drunk driver smashes your fence

    Helping other farmers is great, until you're bailing hay and cutting a drying tobacco

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    Feb 04, 2009 8:34 PM GMT
    Yeah, although I have to spend more time on my "side" business, which actually pays, than on growing crops. I've looked among "the brotherhood" for a farm hand or two, without much success.

    Pros: Quiet, seclusion, stars, low cost of living, plenty of room for "projects."

    Watching a year's work wiped out by an hour of bad weather,
    Spending half your time dealing with taxes, regulations, and bureaucrats,
    Fixing a tool to fix tool to fix a tractor to move a stack of material to make room for... WTF did I start out to do this morning, anyway?
    I'd go out tonight, but it would take two hours to get there and I'd get home just in time to start work tomorrow morning.
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    Feb 04, 2009 8:37 PM GMT
    I will join cowboiway in a heartbeat. I love the country.
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    Feb 04, 2009 9:10 PM GMT

    ...oh yeah, that's the ticket! ... icon_lol.gif
  • zakariahzol

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    Feb 04, 2009 9:28 PM GMT
    Thank for sharing your experiences, guys. Those are sweet and wonderful. I was raise in a farm myself but ever since I when to college have leave that world behind me. Now working infront of the laptop , chasing sales target and datelines, dealing with nasty customer and bosses , those childhood memories seem dreamlike and something I wish to be again. I remember feeding chicken with my grandmother and tending a vegetable plot where I planted angle bean, spinach and corn. Of course now, the world are a lot different than before with internet and easy travelling . I could have the farm life without sacrificing the fun in the city. Give me a few more years, I find a way to make this dream a reality.
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    Feb 04, 2009 11:24 PM GMT
    I grew up on a ranch / farm and went 31 miles, each way to grade school, 71 miles, each way, to high school.

    My parents, after 58 years of marriage, still don't lock their doors.

    I was taught how to use a gun before I was 8. Someone comes around, you just blast them. Consequently, we didn't have to worry about any dirt bags coming around.

    One time, a guy I never knew, prior to our chance meeting (I blew up an engine driving 110MPH), just gave me his brand new 1984 Cadillac to use, for free, for a week, while I lined up a different vehicle.

    I learned to drive at age 4. It's important for farm safety that everyone be able to go for help. Our nearest neighbor was three miles away.

    We learned a spirit of giving, paying it forward, helping your neighbor. It's not like urban areas of self-righteous religious nuts, or I,I,I folks in the city, but, rather, generally-speaking, live and let live.

    I have no desire to live in the country, however. The gyms, The Internet, food and culture all lie in, or around, cities.

    Farming is heavily automated nowadays. I find watching a 450 horsepower tractor pull a 40 foot disk at 20 MPH, while being guided by GPS (driving itself) very fascinating.

    Real cowboys / farmers, wear work boots, shorts or jeans, and ride Honda's or drive Ford-250s. It's the not urban myth you see in large cities.

    Given the right crop, and a good year, along with modern management techniques, you can make a decent living in farming. It goes in peaks and valleys with regard to work.
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    Feb 04, 2009 11:30 PM GMT
    My brother has recently taken up some livestock (we had some when I was a wee tot but not afterwards). I can't say that it looks like a lot of fun for me but I do love eating the critters they raise (Currently have a freezer full of rabbit and lamb - so good).
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    Feb 04, 2009 11:53 PM GMT
    Dead cow is yummy.
    Dead pig is yummy.
    Dead chicken is yummy.

    Being a farmer can be a lonesome pursuit.