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FARMS AND AGRICULTURE

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It’s a gorgeous November day and our neighbor decided that it is just right for the fall harvest of his soy beans. I caught these pictures as he was coming towards me and leaving. There is not that much dust behind the combine so it is a pretty clean harvest. Later, I saw his bin full of soy beans near the road.

There is a great need today for the younger generation to get involved in farming. The USDA-Economic Research Service reports in one of its magazine issues, “Amber Waves” that the older farmers are retiring and not being replaced. (1) I would like to see the local college and vocational-tech schools offer farming courses. If it isn’t offered in this county then farming will disappear here.

South of this county are more farming counties that do offer farming, agriculture, horticulture, etc. courses at it local colleges so there is come chance that farming will endure in the Garden State. Rutgers University-Cook College offers some excellent courses; however, it is in New Brunswick, NJ.

If any of you visitors to this page can update me on the latest courses and locations, I will post to this site to advance the farming vocation!

(1) USDA-ERS-AMBER WAVES IS A BI-MONTHLY PRODUCTION OF US GOVT. VARIOUS TOPICS ARE DISCUSSED IN EACH ISSUE.

THE SPEED OF THE COMBINE IS ONLY ABOUT 10MPH, I THINK, AND NOT 45 MPH AS THE ROADSIGN SAYS!

HERE’S MY LICENCE PLATE FOR MY HUNTER GREEN DODGE PICK-UP. I’D LIKE TO SEE THE FEE DEDICATED TO THE FUTURE FARMER’S OF AMERICA [FFA] OR A SIMILAR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM!

DON’T LET THE FARMS DISAPPEAR-

REMEMBER-NO FARMERS-NO FOOD!

PLEASE SUPPORT FARMING PROGRAMS WHEREVER YOU LIVE!

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I LOVE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE OUR FARMER-NEIGHBORS! They are such nice and down-to-earth-people (pardon the pun). They grow the soybeans and also veggies, fruit, and flowers. In the fall we get pumpkins from their roadside cart.

Now, where do you suppose a hard-working farm family would want to go on vacation? After the harvest is done, they go on a FARM VACATION to a neighboring state! I find this so funny but there is a purpose to this.

The farmer said that they find out things and buy parts for their equipment at that time. Very practical farm people who really love their vocation.

For many of us, though, there are farm vacations everywhere. I wanted to go on one in southern Virginia in 2004 but Hurricane Gaston flooded all of the area’s roads. This particular place had different levels of guest stays.

One level was full participation in the farming activities– this was the highest price. Then there were the moderate and no participation levels. I chose the NO participation level as I just wanted to photo and watch-ha-ha!

I grew up on my grandparents farm [see the FOR YOUR HOME page] so I love the solitude one can find in a large place. In the hay harvest season, I rode on the baler with my father and brother. This was the old kind that made the small, square bales wrapped in wire. Luckily, I was young enough that I did NOT have to participate in the work.

Perhaps if I did, I wouldn’t want to take a farm vacation. There were other things that we liked to do there as kids. One of the things was a hand machine to remove the kernels from the horse corn. We would do that until we were tired then climb up to the hay mow and throw hay at each other and down to the first floor in the barn.

Later, a lightning fire destroyed the barn and it never was the same as it was a NEW, one-storey barn. My grandfather didn’t mind about the fire, though, because he said that the old barn was nothing but repair work all the time.

Still, there was nothing like a barn hand-built with pegs in the eighteenth century and to play in the hay mow. Perhaps I will take a farm vacation in the future and stay at an historic farm –if they have a hay mow to go up into again and reminisce.

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