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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The View Around the Family Farm

Tom grew up on a beef farm, his roots are deep in the family farm. While his Dad is mostly retired from the farm now, his brother has taken over the home farm.






Sadly, in Ontario the family farm is becoming a thing of the past. Farming has become a factory operation. Though, in mid-western Ontario the family farm is alive, and somewhat thriving. The beef industry here in Canada has taken quite a hit in recent years. The US had a long ban on Canadian beef due to mad cow disease. It pretty much crippled some farmers. Thankfully, the border was re-opened last year, but not before many farmers went under.






The kids love the chance to get up to the farm. It is a very different lifestyle from what we have here in town. I think the farm is in their genes and they really seem to connect and thrive while visiting the farm. Emily and Matthew will both get a chance to go for a week or ten days over the summer break.

Matthew, especially loves the farm and all things farming related. Except for one thing......the smell. He has a very sensitive nose and smells can trigger vomiting. He has thrown up a couple of times while out in the barn yard.

As he gets older he is going to be quite the interesting farm hand, isn't he?

30 comments:

annie kelleher said...

family farms are like dinosaurs in some places... fortunately, we still have quite a few around here ... in fact, there's one next door putting down the manure in the fields as i type this!!! oh the smell... its enough to make me throw up too!!!!

Ali said...

Yeah, don't even let him NEAR pigs! They are the worst!

Our house now is part of a divided up farm (we didn't build a new house, ours is one of the 2 original farm houses). I wish people would stop building new houses on old farm land (wishing that family farms could be protected and not have to be sold in the first place, at least not to developers) and buy some of the houses that are just sitting around from foreclosure or just not selling. Like the people next door. We wanted to buy the neighboring lot, but it sold and now there is a new house practically in our backyard. And there is a house just like it down the road for sale on just a little less land! ARGH! It really irritates me....anyway...enough of that =)

The place looks beautiful and they are lucky to have it! I love the pic with the "view"!

Sue said...

Poor Matthew - lol Bless his heart!

Our pastor grew up on a farm in Arkona. We went to visit the family farm a few years ago while they were on sabbatical from the church. His brother has a dairy farm across the field. What a different life than the city!

Glad your kids enjoy their heritage :-) I also hope your family farm stays strong... I like me some good beef!! ;-)

Hugs xo

Debbie said...

A farm would be such great place for kids to get to know. Wonderful photos.

Kate said...

I wish my kids had a chance to grow up on a farm. I grew up on one and it is so good to learn how to work. Great photos.

Nancy said...

we have a couple of farms around here, and I love them! Its interesting that the US banned beef for a while from other countries, as the US has the worst practices with beef you ever saw, things that lead to mad cow such as feeding ground up old sick cows to other cows for the extra protein they need because of being on antibiotics all the time. Organic is the only way to go and even that is NOT foolproof since to be labeled organic the animal only has to have been fed organic for a few months previously, not for its whole life.
Very scary thing this mad cow, its the product of man messing with nature.

Kristie said...

I kind of grew up on a farm too. My parents' house is on a couple acres of my grandpa's farm, so we were right there to help and ended up raising a lot of our own livestock. It's a great way to grow up and I wouldn't have had it any other way! :-)

Me said...

I've always wondered what living on a farm would be like, and whether or not I would enjoy it!

momof3girls said...

I don't know anyone who farms - I find it fascinating!!! I live in Oklahoma, I see farms while traveling but being raised in the city I know no one who has that lifestlye. What a blessing for your children to get to experience it first hand. What a huge change for you if you were not raised around it!!! I hate to see that industry struggling it is such a huge part of our past!

Randi Troxell said...

i bet they do love it... even though i still only live minutes from my parents' farm, its still nice to pop in on a crazy sat. evening... it takes me waaay back!!

p.s. hey you never know... those peaches might be harvested in my own town... lol!

Mary@Holy Mackerel said...

We used to go to a farm where my dad worked when he first came to Canada. I miss family farms.

Kristina P. said...

I like the idea of visiting a farm. But I am so a city girl!!

Ter said...

I think I would make a good farm girl, except that I also do not like the smell. I also don't think I would like to be so far away from the city. I like convenience of the city, but I like space. In fact, that's one reason we bought our house, it's at the edge of the city but close enough to the country that we don't always feel like we're in the city. Sometimes we feel like we are actually in a small town.

Anyway I finally posted about the pay it forward I won from you. Thanks again for the lovely prize! :) Now it's your turn to see if you win something from me! :)

Mighty M said...

I love the idea of living on a farm, taking care of the land and the animals. But I think in reality I just couldn't do it. So I will live vicariously through others. ;-)

Jen said...

I grew up in the city, but my grandparents's had a farm we would visit a lot. These pic's bring back memories of so many adventures. A kid can really have some fun times on a farm. I know we sure did...(smells and all) :)

Laurie in Ca. said...

This is so special for your kids to have in their life growing up. Summertime must be so special for them to get away and experience. Treasures of the heart. I'd love to send some of this heat we are having your way. 91 today, sheesh. It is not normal for this time of year yet. I love you girl and hope you have been feeling good.

Love and Hugs, Laurie

Hit 40 said...

My fathers side of the family are all farmers in Ohio. They grow corn for campbells soup.

kel said...

I love the pictures! Looks like fun and hard work!! But eww, the smell... I would vomit, too.

MarciaBrady said...

I can remember when I was in high school, I had a friend who lived on a farm and I always loved going there and working the farm. I wished we had lived on a farm.

Sorry I haven't been leaving comments. I've been by your blog, but I can't leave any comments from my home laptop for some reason. So, I have to wait until I am at work. (Shhhh..don't say anything! :) )

Honey Mommy said...

I grew up on a dairy farm in Wyoming, and some of your pictures took me back! I clearly remember all the sights and smells of the family farm, which is no longer in the family.

Alicia said...

Wow!! I've always heard that farming was such hard work!! How neat that your kids get to go for a week!!

Brandy said...

Great pics! :) What a great opportunity for your kids to be able to go spend time and help around the farm. Even here in Germany the farmers are out spreading manure around their fields. The kids and I took a walk yesterday and didn't realize this stuff was piled up in a couple spots next to the road. Gag central I tell ya!

3 Bay B Chicks said...

A whole week on the farm? Now that is just plain brilliant parenting on your part, Pam. Well done! I have got to get my kids involved with something like this.

-Francesca

JamieH said...

I miss living on the farm. Kind of tired of the city life...too much stress.

Marie Reed said...

He'll be a very skinny farm hand! Your kids are so lucky to have the best of both worlds!

Momma@Live. Laugh. Pull your hair out said...

That is Heaven in the eyes of my hubby and sons!

Yaya said...

Beautiful. I've always dreamed of living on a farm.

Susan said...

Love the photos, reminds me of my uncle's farm. I enjoyed going there and playing all around the farm with my cousins but the smell I could have done without.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I would absolutely love to live on a farm...love the pictures! :)

Bee and Rose said...

I spent lots of time on my Aunt's farm as a child and those are some of my best childhood memories. It's sad to me that farming seems to be becoming part of our past. I wish my kids could've spent more time on the farm:)

Love your photos!