What do you suppose farmers do when the planting is finished? What keeps them busy when they aren’t harvesting?
Every farm is different, of course, but there is enough to do on every farm to keep a person hopping from sun up to sun down! This picture shows our family working on an “off day” on our farm. Having lots of wide open spaces means there is room for more than just soybeans, corn, and wheat. We also enjoy the cherry tree– and picking those high up cherries farmers style! Have you ever picked cherries? They are in season now in grocery stores. Try a bag and imagine picking each one!
Many family farmers live life just like anyone else. We shop at grocery stores, check our e-mail, go to football games. But some things are different on a farm. For example, we walk almost half a mile to drop a letter in our mailbox or pick up our latest Netflix. A “neighbor” may live more than a mile away. And no one plants a sweet corn patch like a farmer!
This is a photo of Daddy, Brett and Anna planting the sweet corn patch. This planter usually plants field corn, (which is NOT good for plain eating!) and is 16 rows wide. Usually we fill the huge, yellow, bulk tanks on the top full with waxy seed corn. This week we finished planting all our waxy corn, and that means its time to clean out the planter and switch to soybean seeds. Before pouring in the soybeans, however, we can fill the small, yellow boxes on the planter with sweet corn seed and make a 100 foot pass at the end of the backyard.
Then Daddy and the kids can plant, farmer style!
Based on the things you’ve learned from the blog so far, what ways do you think the life of a farm family is different from yours? How is it the same? Draw a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast.