Antiquarian Anabaptist

Apologetics from an Anabaptist perspective

Minimum Requirements For Farming

  1. A wide-brimmed hat, one pair of blue jeans and $20 boots from the discount store.
  2. At least two head of livestock, preferably cattle, one male and one female.
  3. A new air-conditioned pickup with automatic transmission, power steering and a trailer hitch.
  4. A dog to ride in the bed of the pickup.
  5. A gooseneck trailer small enough to park in front of a cafe.
  6. A little place to keep the cows on land too poor to grow crops on.
  7. A spool of barbed wire, three cedar fence posts and a bale of hay to haul around in the truck.
  8. Credit at the credit union.
  9. Credit at the bank.
  10. Credit from your father-in-law.
  11. A good pocket knife, suitable for whittling to pass away time.
  12. A good wife who won’t get upset when you walk across the living room floor with manure on your boots.
  13. A good wife with a full time job.

[Author unknown, published 1985 in the Craik history book (my home town)]

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2 responses to “Minimum Requirements For Farming

  1. plainbridget November 17, 2017 at 21:10

    Wife with full time job? Crazy.

  2. Bob Goodnough November 17, 2017 at 21:28

    Well it’s a spoof. But a spoof wouldn’t work if it didn’t almost seem to fit some people. There are men with a romantic idea of farming, who wouldn’t dream of a different lifestyle but can’t seem to get it together to make a living from the farm. Then a wife with a full time job is pretty handy.Or at the very least a very patient and forbearing wife.

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