Farming for a living sure isn’t for the feint hearted, it can be a real challenge working with nature. There’s not getting enough rain, or getting too much rain, then there’s frost, hail, heat waves, damaging winds, insects, birds and animals to contend with, as well as subtle, un-pin-downable clusterfunks of all of the above. As if that weren’t enough there’s learning how to run a business, which many farmers learn on the fly, branding, pricing, budgets, wages, and on it goes.
Farming can also be isolating. There’s no office to go to, and often no co-workers. On a good day this can be bliss, on a bad day it can be extremely demoralising, stuck in your own head with no one to compare notes with. When you’re farming solo, sometimes surviving another day comes down to your ability to solve the latest out-of-the-blue head scratcher with whatever you have on hand (which, let’s face it, is probably some duct tape and three and a half bits of string).