Category: The Milk House

When Superman Drives a Chevy

Farming can be a balancing act, especially regarding managing cash flow. Once in a while, sacrifices have to be made. Sometimes that’s attempting your own vet work or maybe putting off updating equipment for summer. For my father, one winter many years ago, that meant not putting any money into the old Chevy pickup he drove.

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Aging into Farm Chores

One of the cruel aspects of getting old is requiring care from someone else. Nursing homes, in addition to being expensive, are the biggest fear of the elderly heading towards dependence. Trying to figure out how to provide the best care for loved ones can put a strain on a family. Since the late nineties, Dutch farmers have begun been providing social services on their farms in addition to traditional agriculture.

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The Walk of Shame

My parents probably thought they had raised me better. They had tried to give me the decision-making abilities that would prevent such disgrace. For it to happen once or twice is one thing, but after too many times they knew I would get a reputation. Still, I took the Walk of Shame over and over again.

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Remembering the Farm Crisis of the 1980s

It’s often joked that the best attribute of a good farmer is a short memory. There’s truth to such a statement, as the challenges inherent to the act of farming can be frequent and plenty—something gets out, something breaks, something expectedly needs to be paid for. One has to allow the disappointments to roll off their back and continue on.

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