The stressful and busy lives we are leading, many times spending long hours in corporate settings is putting a toll on many of us.
No wonder people are growingly interested in going back to the old days when our grandmas used to grow and process and preserve their own foods, and our grandpas spent their days carving and doing their own woodwork.
In other words, the tendency of going back to farming and to a more natural and organic lifestyle is becoming growingly popular.
In the western world, more people are living and working in the big cities, leaving the rural areas mainly because of the lack of work or due to lack of proper infrastructure.
So, let’s go back and take a closer look at the lives of those who have chosen to remain at their farms and make their own food as well as fresh and yummy heritage food for us as well.
Here is what a couple of fourth generation dairy farmers had to say about what a day in their life at the dairy farm looks like:
- Pre-dawn wake-up
The cows and calves need to eat which is why the young farmers get up at 6:15 am. The milking begins at 6:30, and then the cleaning of the sheds is done before the sun has risen.
- Preparing for the day
After the animals have been taken care of, the farmers get their tools and materials checked up, cleaned up and prepared for the work planned for the day, such as plowing or baling up the grass which the cows will eat in the winter.
- Finishing the day
The workday at the farm for these two young farmers ends around 7:30- 8:00 pm, which they don’t consider too much of a stretch or something out of the ordinary. Growing up on a farm gets people used to this type of work schedule for the day.
- What about the weekends?
Even though summer is busier, weekends are off in the other seasons too. After all the cows and calves have to eat and the milking has to be done rain or shine. Of course, the young farmers admit that they do tend to end work earlier on Saturday evening so that they can enjoy some social life or well-deserved rest.
- The challenges at the farm
The weather conditions are one of the biggest challenges for the work and life at the farm. Cleaning the snow or working in the rain is something considered quite normal and part of the job if the farmers want the dairy to work and make them a profit.
- The positive side
You get to work with calm and beautiful animals, and you spend most of the time outdoors in natural settings, which for most of us who live in the big city sounds absolutely amazing, right?
- The end product
The farmers admit that the satisfaction of making something out of their own hands, in this case – fresh organic milk and dairy products stimulates them to keep them going and getting up before sunrise each day!
So, are you ready to leave the comfort of the big city and go back to farming yet?