Feed corn, winter snow and boyhood farm work are beautiful sights! The boys went up to a new feed store that just opened up in town. They bought some bags of corn for $5.75 for a 50 lb bag. They were doing good to get the trailer unloaded and the feed put away in the barn with the down pour of snow we were having. After they unload and stack feed bags, they bolt in the back door wanting hot cocoa. They take the layers of coats and gloves off as I fix them a warm mug of raw milk hot cocoa…something our family loves on cold days like today! I love hearing them talk about how many pounds they lifted and watch them compare muscles. Boyhood farm work is so good for young men!
If we were real agrarians, we would have a corn crib full of corn and hay piled high in our hay loft that we grew in our fields this summer. But we aren’t experienced agrarians yet. We’ve experienced a lot of what not to do. (like the example we give here)
When you start living on a farm, you quickly realize how inadequate your farming efforts really are. It’s good to put your hand to the plow so to speak and start somewhere and be grateful for the work you do get done. However, as spring turns into summer….summer to fall….and fall to winter….the grass disappears, it gets cold and your animals get hungry! A real farmer would plan to store up enough food for the winter. Just like a real farm wife would still have a pantry full of wonderful food stores conveniently stored away for the winter blasts.
We’re grateful for the lessons we are learning on the farm. We’re grateful for the challenge, for the growing and the stretching. We’ve come to understand the completeness and depth of the words provision and preparation. Our 24 hr. Stuff-Mart cultural mindset is completely opposite of the agrarian life where forethought and preparation are vital to survival.
Ideally, we would love to find a resource for buying bulk corn and mixing it ourselves. It’s too cold to think about that now though. We’re collecting the last pieces of firewood and hoping to hold out until spring so we can start over and try preparing for winter again!
I found some other “When It’s Cold Outside” posts I’ve written in the past. Here are just a few. There are a ton more: