Farming 101

For any planning their next Wwoof adventure, a few farming tips:

  • A pitchfork is a fork not a spoon.  One’s natural inclination is to shovel hay; it should actually be speared.
  • A farmer’s hands are his best shovel.  I think mine are still better suited to word processing.
  • Fill a wheelbarrow from the corners in.
  • Do not close the door to the goat pen behind you when you let them out for a walk.  They might wish to return early.
  • The EU will pay a subsidy if you cut your hay by hand.  (I’m pretty sure the US Department of Agriculture subsidizes only for quantity.)
  • Cows are really, really big.

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