“Week of July 17th, 2022: The Venmo Wars of 2022.”
“The gods didn’t make a farmer.”
The moonlight struck the plowed dirt field just right and we headed out once more to tend to the watering of our crops, ensuring another bountiful return upon time harvest, a lesson few people understand in today other than, ironically — the modern day farmer.
Farming, any kind of farming, has a distinctness to it as a profession that instills a rare blend of pride and respect among the adherents to its many varied practices. As a discipline farming has a habit of instilling patience before panic in addition to autonomy through independence, as required when working to sustain independence by sustainably farming enough for sustenance. The farmer isn’t a nomad, a farmer stays where they live, farming the land and while the use of modern technology has indeed automated many of the previously laborious farming requirements on the industrial level, the local farmer, the backyard farmer, the weekend gardeners among us so-to-speak, understand that what the practice of farming in its original essence sought to teach was that self-discipline produces self-awareness, specifically when you are required to both nurture and nature something from start to finish and oversee the entire process of life.
It is a remarkable process, the art of farming. The second man, the younger one, remarked about it to himself, noting mentally as they approached the end of the heavily scented garlic troughs rich aroma that filtered through the air, alerting all of his senses. “How many degrees did you say you have again?” asked the first man as his bent down onto his knee and uprooted an entire bulb of garlic by its stem by hand, the loose dirt sliding silently off as he held it closer to his face and took an extended inhalation for inspection.
“Three, well four if you include the associate’s degree,” he answered despite struggling to remember the correct answer.
“I wonder what you went to school for?” he asked continuing his inspection of the garlic bulb.
“There’s going to be a sustainable food shortage and there’s already a shortage of farmers, exacerbating conditions that are not great for the future generation,” he answered by way of explanation.
“Don’t forget the supply chain crisis,” said the older man with a nod of approval as he stood himself up from the dirt and dusted off his hands on the front side of his jeans.
“You see, I’m sure you could figure out a way to automate the watering system and we wouldn’t need to come out here every morning prior to the dawn do go grab the water do it ourselves, but then what would we really be farming? The habit of farming is its purpose, its a way of life not a lifestyle,” he said preparing to walk himself back to the outdoor shed where the hose was stored.
“No need I have it right here,” said the second man unraveling the hose for several yards as he continued to unwind it from its circular container.
“Well I’ll be,” said the older man a little surprised. “Guess you noticed I didn’t have it with me this time. What did you say you went to school for again?”
“I went to school to learn,” said the younger man as he finished laying out the hose and prepared to water down the field.
“Well food shortage and a farmer shortage is why farming is such a critical endeavor at the moment,” said the older man. “It’s made farming more important than ever. Farming is the only profession where you can learn how to become completely self-sustaining. It’s a rare form of independence that few people ever achieve. There is an old expression that said ‘God made a farmer,’ but let me tell you that’s not the way it is anymore. Today, farmers are providing food — in addition to skills needed to enjoy both healthy living and healthy lifestyle. The market is flooded without so much shit — there’s no guidance on what to avoid and what the health consequences of purchasing the cheapest items truly is, there’s need to be affordable healthy living that’s sustainable and farming is all about sustainability…we never taught the ourselves anything about healthy, sustainable living or eating habits and made people so dependent on technical advancements and a globalized supply chain that most of us forgot how to survive on our own, the gods didn’t make a farmer, the gods made us and our ignorance made the farmers our gods.