Life on the Farm

March 6, 2012 at 11:34 am Leave a comment

Hisa and I got back from Texas on Sunday, and man were we tired! We were still tired yesterday (Monday), so we ended up mainly resting.

We had a great time on the farm though!

It was really hard work, but very satisfying work. We were also fortunate in that the weather was beautiful (in the 70’s and lovely) almost every day we were there. The couple whose farm it was were incredibly friendly and kind people. N was an incredible cook, a huge supporter of Nourishing Traditions style cooking and the Weston A. Price Foundation (a very pleasant surprise for me), and cooked some amazing meals for us while we were there. K was a real Texas cowboy, gruff and straightforward, but with a very warm heart.

We would get up at dawn every morning (assuming the roosters hadn’t woken us up already), and do the morning chores (feed the pigs, the cat, the chickens and ducks, let the goats out, and let the chickens out) before going up to the house for breakfast at 7:30 am (We stayed in a separate cabin next to the barn, and went up to the house for our meals). After breakfast, we would work outside all morning, come in for lunch, work outside all afternoon until dusk, do the evening chores (same as the morning chores, except put the goats and the chickens in their enclosures for the night) and then come in for dinner. After cleaning up after dinner, we would usually go back to the cabin, shower, and collapse into bed around 9:30 pm.

We did all kinds of work on the farm. We weeded the garden, fed the animals, herded cattle onto the road (we blocked off the road with a person on either end, let the cattle eat the grass on the side of the road, and let cars through whenever they came), herded cattle off the road, extracted honey from honey combs from the bee hives, filtered honey, drove the tractor, cleaned up wood debris from the pastures, fixed a crushed fence, went fishing, etc.

We also got to eat a lot of food straight from the farm. We had their own eggs, beef, pork, honey, vegetables, bread, pickles, jam, honey wine, etc. Normally they would’ve had their own milk, but their milk cows/goats were dry while we were there, so we had raw milk from a nearby dairy. It’s really amazing to go get fresh eggs from the chicken coop, pick vegetables from the garden, extract honey from the combs, and then eat it. Not to mention the fact that it’s soooo good!

It was a great learning experience, and the place we were at was so peaceful and beautiful. The experience confirmed my thoughts, that working on a farm is a lot of hard work every day, and a bit hectic and disorderly (the more animals you have, the more disorderly it can be), but very satisfying work and extremely rewarding. As cheesy as it sounds, I felt like I was really living and experiencing life every day, much more so than I would be sitting at a desk in a cubicle all day every day (note: I have nothing against desk jobs and the people who work them. This is just my opinion, so no offense meant!).

Although I don’t want a working farm of the same scale as the one we were staying at, I do still very much want some chickens (no roosters, please), some dairy goats, and an organic vegetable garden. Maybe even a cow or two someday, and a pig. We’ll see. 🙂

I really hope Hisa and I can work on some more farms in the future with WWOOF, and I really recommend it to anyone who wants to know what it’s like working on a farm. It’s a great organization, and also a great way to visit other countries and experience the culture without spending a huge amount of money.

Now for the pictures!

Mooooooo

Hisa, weeding away!

Sunshine and me deep in a conversation about…something.

The goats in the morning eagerly awaiting being let out.

 

The Sikie chickens

The cows out on the road, munching away on the grass. Except for that one cow, who’s trying to figure out what I’m doing.

 

One of the clover fields.

Me, busy at extracting honey with the help of David and Anna (two WWOOFers from France who were at the farm the same time as us).

An inside view of the honey extractor.

Look at all that delicious, raw (and at this point, unfiltered) honey coming out of the extractor! After we filtered it, we ate some on fresh biscuits. Heaven my friends. Pure heaven.

 

Raz and Folger, the farm horses.

Why yes, I can drive a tractor, thank you very much.

Hisa learning to drive the tractor.

Me busy at work, pulling the trailer out into the pasture to collect wood. The tractor was a stick shift, but much to my relief, it was a lot easier to drive than a stick shift car.

 

Three Billy Goats Gruff?

 

Me with one of the cows. They kept coming over to try and “help” us with picking up wood.

 

Hisa’s first fishing experience. He almost caught a wide mouth bass, but it got away at the last second.

 

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My name is Rachel. I'm a small-town girl born and raised in Oklahoma, currently living in Japan, who likes cooking, baking, reading, working out, and traveling. Join me in my culinary adventures, my domestic doings, and the story of my life, one day at a time.

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