Why are Old Farmers Quiet?

Why are old farmers quiet?  Some would say it’s because they are hard of hearing, and that would be true.  But I think it’s more than that.

A lifetime of seasons:  planting, growing, harvesting, dying.  A lifetime of doing:  Planning, trying, succeeding, failing.  What is there to say?  What is to be warned about when the failures made the man as much as the successes.

A humble farmer knows success comes not from him.  Sun, water, soil, seed, collaborate to make the miracle he’s witnessed many times. 

And who would say it isn’t a miracle?  Seed, carried in bags, stuck into cold soil in the spring.  Seed, hauled away in wagons in the fall.

A farmer’s work is faith in action; to believe in the miracle once again, and to act, by putting the seed into the soil.

2 Responses to Why are Old Farmers Quiet?

  1. MReese says:

    I really like the way you write and I really like this post in general. I just started a vegetable garden in my back yard (Austin, TX) and ran across your blog while looking for raccoon proofing solutions. I am enjoying reading your blog. Shepherd’s baby chicks and raccoon proofing/conditioning are my favorite entries so far. Thanks for writing.

  2. curiousfarmer says:

    Thank you MReese for your kind words of encouragement!
    Those are two of my favorite posts as well.

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