Growing on a farm in Delaware has been for me a wonderful and rewarding experience.
I grew up in an area where a couple of dozen seven & # 39; ads on the area of hundreds of square miles involved in the conduct of marriage, married, and had a stable community for centuries, along Delaware, one in the north of Lyuesa.
In his early youth, I grew up on a farm, where we had 33 cows, 18 we milked twice a day, 3 horses, some chickens, 60 acres of corn, hay and pasture. It was a farm that owned my grandparents on his mother. The churches were barns, tractors, long hours and Sundays. We grew corn, hay and pasture. We had a large garden and several fruit trees. We hunted, fed and grew what we ate and used in most cases. We ate the duck, goose, pigeon, muskrat, fish, crabs, shells, groundhog, mustard greens, collars, garlic, onion, persimmon, cherry, wild strawberries, blackberries, figs, mint, carrots, herbs and wild spices. .
We had a lot of beef, chicken, milk, cream and our own homemade butter, and at least two kinds of handmade soap. We cooked on the wood that is well warmed house. I slept under blankets and feather beds, which were more than a hundred years. We had a little furnace but coal was expensive, and it was only during the coldest times. We also had electricity and telephone. We lost and shelled corn, some of which we traded to neighbors for pork, veal or turkey.
I lived on the farm of my grandparents and my great-grandmother lived with us. Grandmother and great-grandmother were occupations at school. I listened, taught and encouraged to read several hours a day. The house was filled with old books and I was the only student in their home. In the attic were books submitted to the family of the 1500s and since. We lived on the earth, some of the pieces that are in our family & # 39; and in the ownership of hundreds of years and is now shared with thousands of acres into small pieces. We lived in the same way as the people who lived on farms in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Nevertheless, we had a phone and TV, neither of which has not been used much.
My grandfather taught me a lot; milked cows by hand and machine, and more. I dug up a ton of unkempt manure, fed the cows and horses and learned to carpenter, make tools, and repairing things. I learned to do and keep it. I learned how to clean the harness, brings a pine resin from the sap of local trees and mix it with beeswax to handle home linen thread that was used to harness the amendment. I learned how to do surgery on small animals such as castration, depletion and, at least once I helped pull an infected tooth of a cow. I learned to do my knife in 4 years. 5 I went to the old Ford. At 6, I was able to drive a tractor and a truck. 7 I could work all day in the field, he ran the biggest tractor, which had a dad.
Dad bought the adjacent farm when I was five, and then bought a few more adjacent or nearby farms and forest, as it became available. He is, after all, and had shot more than 3000 hectares until I left the farm. We lived well from the careful work of the Pope and his advanced techniques.
My grandparents were not very modernized. The pope, too, was not an ordinary person for their time. He was 20 – 50 years ahead of his time in agriculture. When I began to study, I helped to father's farm. By eleven I worked at least 20 hours per week during the school year, often 40. By age 12 years has summer weeks were typically 60 or more hours, and sometimes more than 100 hours. I tried to go from 120 to 130 hours a week for the extra money. Many nights I slept in the mud, in the field, to avoid a dream home, so that I could earn more money. I learned to fall asleep for a few seconds and be able to, and dressed to work less than four minutes, when the house was asleep.
Summer time, when there was no school and I paid for the long hours I worked – I have brought considerable income even at a low hourly wage. I saved most of it. I did not have much time or opportunity to spend it. As a teenager, I made more, many months than some grown men of our area, and I had very little expenditure. We did not work all the time, but we like to work. I do not remember those who did not want to work. I arranged to do the most difficult and least popular work, mainly to export hay and smoked. Complex tasks give me safety. On Sunday we went to a small village church, which is founded and built our family & # 39; I was on the farm. We worked hard and loved the work, and the life that it earned us!
Dad, ahead of his time, had smoked, the high density performance, unsustainable agriculture, planes for spraying crops, and enjoy all the modern experimental devices and techniques that were available or are being tested. In my youth I used to the fact that my father was either on the cover of a magazine almost every month, it seemed. Some of the things he helped pioneer 30-40 years ago, have become common and normal, and some are more common later.
Dad grew his farm from nothing, and by the time I was a teenager, he was involved in more than 3,000 hectares in an effort to profit from economies of scale and mechanization. Until the 70s, small farmers often earn significantly lower wages. He rented thousands of acres of agricultural land, but had many hundreds of hectares of cultivated land.
Of course, I do not have agriculture, in which I grew up. We are a few years too late decides to sell most of our agricultural land for development, if the government decided to make walking farmers, farms and agricultural products. First I went to the domestic market of agricultural products from one harvest after another, and then to the international market with corn, wheat, soy and Russia and China – where our government contracted to feed the USSR and China for decades of our agricultural products. This contract agreement multiplied the need and value of US agricultural products.
The smell of diesel fuel in some cases it may be the smell of life. I do not like the smell of it either, since 7 years, I downloaded a lot of it in our tractors and burned a long time, when I went to these tractors. This is probably some sort of illegal activity that allows children to work on the farm today. Before there were the events in the air was more diesel. Now the tractors have gone for the most part. And they are rarely awaken people who are picking up after the road. Our democratic interests do not allow any production here in Sussex so we have no high income support base. The greatest time we have – it's banking and shopping places. In addition, we have a self-employed, who are waiting on tables, minimum wages and incomes, which are produced in the production, and it is not usually agriculture. We have a few, a very few people who were able to stay here and serve the interests of the non-state. Few are those who are still engaged in farming, and those who have any other income, extreme government subsidy with our tax dollars, and quickly leave.
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