Feed Corn, Winter Snow and Boyhood Farm Work

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:

When it’s Cold Outside and the Natives are Restless

The Not So Glorious Agrarian Life in the Winter Time

Ice Weather

Farming Frustrations

Farm Boy’s Birthday Saga


  • Amy says:

    Thanks for sharing your agrarian adventures. It’s an encouraging reminder for our family to also start getting prepared for next winter too.

    • PaulTN says:

      Hi Amy,
      I think we are going to start cutting firewood now for next year… man that stuff goes fast when we get down in the single digits. 🙂 Hope you all are doing well!

  • Bill says:

    I so enjoy your website and your tales of living on the farm with your kids. It is very encouraging for me to read this. Are you doing any other videos for Franklin Springs soon? Like an update on your farm to Inherit The Land??

    • PaulTN says:

      Hi Bill,
      Thanks for the kind words! We would love to do some additional video’s. I don’t know that the crew as Franklin Springs has time to get us on the agenda with the schedule that have these days.
      We may try to do some sort of a subscription based “farm how to” series in the future. We have been trying to think of some ways that we could encourage folks more and there never seems to be a shortage of material around here.
      Unfortunately, we have several things on the agenda before we get to that point. We will be making an announcement soon, here on the blog, about some additional projects we will be working on this year. We do hope to offer some additional resources soon, but it probably won’t be video this time around. 🙂

  • Carmenc says:

    I know how you feel about thinking ahead. We thought we did o.k. (not great by any means) with our garden last year (it improves with every year). But with spending at least $10 a week on frozen or canned veggies this winter I’m really trying to re-think our garden. More carrots, beans and peas!! Thanks for your encouragement!