Growing The Growers Filming Trip 2010

Diary with pictures of our trip to the USA and England to meet with people that have successfully encouraged more people to garden and farm organically

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Farm Sheds

The following blog items will cover the farm proper, the pigs, the cows, the rabbits and of course the hens. Fred and I took a huge quantity of both movie footage and stills on this farm. What I want to do here is show you enough photos to give you an idea of the complex and yet simple and obvious connections between all the facets that are 'Polyface'.

Our next stop was the sheds and the big hay barn close to the house.

The first buildings that we went into contained the usual paraphernalia you need to run a farm. The steel, the wood, the tools that you need to prefabricate the innovations that allow you to operate successfully. The tools you need to use everyday just to farm.

Then there are the things you need more than one of. Sometimes they are all in use, sometimes they have to be stored undercover till they are needed next time.

And then there is the cavalry. The guys that need the big spanners and who in return give the big grunt needed from time to time on farms.

Don't ever be fooled by the commonly held image of farmers as laconic, country dolts. Farmers can weld, construct buildings, repair tractors and most other mechanical tools. They are usually competent woodworkers, plumbers and often electricians. These days you will also find farmers at ease with email and the internet and most importantly they are good managers, innovators and inventors.

Why is it they find it so hard to earn a living and respect?

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