I often get the impression from persons who are unfamiliar with agriculture that they feel as though being a farmer fails to be an intense and dedicated occupation. Whether it be because said persons have never been exposed to agriculture or they are entirely ignorant regarding farming and what it entails, I always try my best to educate others about what sort of work farmers tend to do in a given day. Of course there are numerous different types of farmers and therefore numerous different activities and duties farmers must engage in, so I will be giving a rough account of what my father and my uncle, who are tobacco, ginseng, chicken and cash-crop farmers, perform in a given day.
Life on the farm in the summer months is arguably tremendously busier than life on the farm in the winter months, however a farmer is busy year-round if we’re being honest. In the summer, my father and my uncle typically wake up very early in the morning (5/5:30am), check on their migrant workers, and proceed from there. Once they have a basic comprehension of what is happening and what needs to be completed on a specific day, they are able to carry out the rest of their duties on the farm for the day, and they tend to wrap things up around 7pm. Of course, when irrigation is occurring they are up every couple of hours throughout the duration of an evening, and fail to really slow down or take breaks in their work.
The winter months are a little less intense for my dad and my uncle, however chickens are in the barn year-round so that element of the business certainly keeps them occupied. Over the course of the winter my dad and my uncle along with the farm mechanic service and fix equipment to ensure it will be ready for the following Spring.
In simple terms, farming is not an occupation that ever truly slows down. It requires constant dedication, commitment, sacrifice and effort, and I truly believe only specific persons are cut-out for agriculture, my dad and uncle being a fine example of that.