Christmas on the Farm (Am I the Grinch?)

After reading this, maybe you can tell me whether I’m the Grinch or not, because my family seems to think I am.

Here are 5 reasons why my family thinks I’m the Grinch, just to start:

  1. I refuse to go Christmas shopping.
  2. I hate having Christmas lights up in and on the house.
  3. I like to be alone, hence loathing Christmas dinners.
  4. I never reply to Christmas cards.
  5. I strongly dislike and do whatever it takes to avoid Christmas music.

Besides these 5 things and some other factors, though, I never go out of my way to spoil Christmas for others. I just spoil it for myself.

This all means that Christmas on the farm for me is like any other time of year. My family takes turns hosting Christmas so every 7th year or so my farm is filled with roisterers, but usually it’s pretty calm. On those rare years when I have to host Christmas, it’s rather annoying to have all these dreadful decorations go up right after you got the whole farm cleaned and settled for the winter. But oh well.

The one thing about Christmas that I can put up with is all the delicious home cooking. I may hate being crowded around the table with yapping family, but I do love a good turkey.

That’s Christmas on the farm for me, but don’t let that spoil your holidays. Either way, I hope your Christmas is wonderful. Bye for now.

Mold on the Farm

If you’re a rural farmer then there’s a good chance you’re familiar with mold. Mold loves to grow in places where the eye can’t see. It’s almost as if it’s hiding because it knows that if we see it, we will be there to remove it. It’s one thing to get a spray bottle and clean mold yourself. But other times you must hire a remediation company if the mold has grown to extreme proportions.

It often grows behind the walls, under the floor and in the attic. In my experience, it loves to grow in the damp barn where the animals stay. There was a musky smell in the barn a few years ago and it turned out that black mold was growing in the rafters. It cost a lot to get it professionally inspected and abated. I’m glad I did though, for the health of my animals. I’m still paranoid it’ll grow back, so I check if there’s mold growing there every few months. For me this was a big part of sustaining comfort on the farm. Knowing that there’s no mold behind my walls is a great relief.

Some rural farms are too far removed from cities to have a mold removal company nearby. In these cases farmers must become remediators and remove the mold themselves. On Vancouver Island where my aunt has a small farm near the middle of nowhere in North Saanich, she refused to do this because she wanted it professionally done. I recommend other farmers learn from her lesson. What she did was call many different companies until she found the mold removal Victoria BC company that could help her. The company was based in Victoria but was willing to travel to most places on Vancouver Island to help people with their mold problems, including my aunt’s small farm.

If you’re as consistent as my aunt, there’s a good chance you’ll find experts that are at least relatively close enough to make the trip to your farm for the right price. It’s very important to get rid of mold in sheds and greenhouses that grow food because the spores could get into the food and this isn’t good, especially if it’s produce that you’re selling to other people.

If you leave a farm dilapidated and let nature run wild, you’ll find the farm covered in mold. It creates what looks tantamount to an apocalyptic set in a movie. I’ve visited such abandoned farms in Manitoba in my youth, and the smell was horrendous. This is why it’s important for farms to be well kept and cleaned regularly. If people found out that the farms that produced their food have mold problems then they wouldn’t eat the produce anymore.

This is why I think farms are one of the worst places to let mold grow. As farmers it’s our responsibility to make sure mold is treated wherever it is found on our farmland. And that’s my lesson on farm life for today. Just remember to be consistent in your search for a remediation company that can help. I hope you learned something and enjoyed the read.

Maintaining Home Comfort on the Farm

To maintain comfort on the farmstead, in the farmhouse for the whole family, it’s not always best do do everything yourself. I know many farmers who love to do everything themselves out of pride but most of them are unhappy because they’re always on the grind.

I think the future of farm life involves sharing responsibility with local professionals. For example, if you need a new brick dividing wall to separate animals, you might want to call a stone masonry company instead of getting the kids to stack bricks all day. These are NOT the 1800s any more, and farmer pride is only holding people back from growing their farms more quickly.

Maintaining comfort on the farm has never been easier throughout history than it is today in 2020 with professional services like stump grinding, landscape design, appliance repair, at the push of a button on your phone. So remember, home comfort doesn’t mean working hard all day doing everything yourself just so you can relax with a stiff drink in the den every Sunday night, although there’s nothing more satisfying at times.

Comfort in the farm home means working with locals to make life easier, to have the time to get back to what you love, and in turn the produce that your farm produces can be grown more easily and benefit locals more.

It’s a win-win!

Going Back to Your Love

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The farmland is my love. I always go back to her. When I’m in the city for too long, I think about all the joys of farm life. Living on the ranch and doing what you need to do to get by, not what you want to do to pass another day. I love life on the farm so much that I cry when I think too deeply about it.

I should stop while I’m ahead because I’m already tearing up while writing this. But, Hell, no one else is going to write it. So here I am. Back where I belong. I’m on the farm, loving life.

Where does your heart rest? Wherever it is, I hope you make it there. Because that’s where you’ll be happy. If not, then you have yet to learn what it is because you know something’s missing. Am I right?

We need to all find that special place. Whether it’s the city or the jungle, you’ll find it. You only have to keep looking, friend.

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