One of our regular bloggers, Dori Fitzringer, owns a small farm near the foothills of North Carolina’s eastern mountains with her husband and family. She’s sent Country Life a snapshot of her adorable grandson, and some thoughts about running a family farm in the 21st century.
When you give thanks this week, don’t forget the family farmer! Dori, thank you for sharing with Country Life.
“In today’s busy world full of new technology and mega-farms small multi-generational family owned farms are not as common as they used to be. People call us “old fashioned” and I take that as a compliment. I wouldn’t want to live any other way. We are blessed as a family to all live on the family property.
We have four generations that help and work together. It is not uncommon to see my daughter or granddaughter behind the wheel of the pickup truck with a flatbed trailer hooked up and driving through the hay field. My husband, sons and son-in-law all work on getting the firewood split – while their wives deliver and stack it to each of our homes. Even those who are not able to do all they used to – can still be found watering and feeding the animals or putting labels on honey jars and getting them ready for sale.
It is never boring here there is always something to do – when the harvests are done for one year – planning for the next season has already begun.”