The Life Of a Farmer - Are You Ready For It?
I have noticed a few of the Buyers of farms and farmettes in Eastern Pennsylvania come from the city and have never done any sort of farming. They have had dreams of farming and owning horse property most of their lives. They now want to make their dreams come true.
Now one thing to keep in mind when living the dream of owning a horse farm or farm, is that it is not all fun. Don't get me wrong, there are those of us that have a passion for farm life and wouldn't trade it for anything.
So what goes with farm life? Lots of work.
A farmer's day begins early in the morning. Rising at 5:00 AM daily to begin their day with chores. There are animals to tend to, such as feeding the chickens, horses, goats, cows, pigs, and any other animals there may be on the farm. Then it is on to gather the eggs and milk the cows. All this happens before even having breakfast.
Afer breakfast, now the real work begins. Time to clean out the pens and stalls of manure, then adding fresh bedding. Then on to checking the fencing and mending it. (The last thing you would want to do is chase the cows and horses throughout the county and bring them home.)
Other chores for the day: planting crops, harvesting crops, cutting, baling and stakcing hay, repairing the tractor and other farm equipment making sure they are always in working order, tending to sick or injured animals, keeping up to date with recent farming news, mowing the pastures and spreading manure/fertilizer on the fields, and so much more. The work day does not end until after dark. All this work and that does not even include family life.
A farmer's work is hard with long hours. Sometimes the work is very rewarding, other times it may not. It feels good when a good harvest comes in at the end of the year, or it was a good year for hay. Other times, the weather may not have been ideal for the crops or some animals may have been lost for various reasons.
A farmer works year round, through all the seasons. There is no real vacation for a farmer. Animals always need attention and care as well as the land. It is a very hard life, even with modern technology in place.
Are you ready to take the challenge of being a farmer?
Brigita McKelvie is a REALTOR® (Pennsylvania License #RS297130) with Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, specializing in rural and horse properties and farms in Eastern Pennsylvania. She has an e-Pro® (Certified Internet Expert) certification and a GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) designation.
Brigita McKelvie, REALTOR
Pennsylvania License #RS297130
Rural and Horse Properties and Farms
Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd.
The Premier Equine and Country Real Estate firm serving Eastern Pennsylvania from back yard operations to world class equestrian facilities.
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