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Why do farmers farm?

“Why do farmers farm, given their economic adversities on top of the many frustrations and difficulties normal to farming? And always the answer is: “Love. They must do it for love.” Farmers farm for the love of farming. They love to watch and nurture the growth of plants. They love to live in the presence of animals. They love to work outdoors. They love the weather, maybe even when it is making them miserable. They love to live where they work and to work where they live. If the scale of their farming is small enough, they like to work in the company of their children and with the help of their children. They love the measure of independence that farm life can still provide. I have an idea that a lot of farmers have gone to a lot of trouble merely to be self-employed to live at least a part of their lives without a boss.”

Wendell Berry
American novelist

Dear Edwina, Thankyou for last night. I hope it was as good for you as it was for me. #bigbenefitsrow

COOKING ON A BOOTSTRAP

Dear Edwina;

It’s 9 o clock on Tuesday, the morning after the night before, where we were both on a panel on The Big Benefits Row on Channel 5. I haven’t watched it back, I was there, and know what I look like when I’m angry.

I need to get this out – because it’s everything I wanted to say last night but couldn’t, as I kept being rudely shouted over by you. Honestly, my three year old behaves better than that. At least he knows that when Mummy does her ‘will you just be QUIET and LISTEN to me’ then the best thing to do is to stop running your mouth and let Mummy say her piece.

But you didn’t. Because you were terrified of what I had to say.

I wanted to say, when asked by Matthew Wright, that poverty is almost indescribable to someone as blinkered as…

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Leading with humility

“Meet José Mujica. He may look like your average farmer or grandfather, but he is anything but. This man is globally known as the world’s “poorest President” because he lives a life of humility… all while leading the country of Uruguay. As a man who truly cares about his people, he doesn’t take an obscene amount of money to just act as a politician. He donates about 90% of his $12,000 monthly salary to charities that benefit poor people and small entrepreneurs.”

Have you read this article about Uruguay’s president? Politics and ideals aside (because apart from Uruguay’s recent decision to legalise the sale of marijuana, I know next to nothing about their country), their president sounds like a gem! According to the article, “he actually is a part-time farmer. He and his wife also grow and sell flowers. He also drives a 1987 Volkswagon Beetle.”

ALSO. “He only has two guards positioned on his road. Along with his beloved 3-legged dog Manuela, of course.”

He came from a humble background and worked his way up, gaining popularity for his model of administration and voice which resonates with that of the common people. He also has a professional background in agriculture, so perhaps that explains his “part-time farmer” lifestyle.

Here’s a picture of him scratching his head, with his dog Manuela in the background.


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How cute is this man??