The simplest solution is the best solution

11 thoughts on “The simplest solution is the best solution”

  1. Mechanization may be essential for huge farms, but there is something so essentially beautiful about working the ground by hand if you have the time and the muscle. Life as a Wendell Berry poem! So hooray for the scythe.
    Love the lamb idea “simply” because it would be so visually delightful to see them dotting the landscape, kicking up their wooly heels!

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  2. If you have the time, the will, and the physical stamina — doing it “by hand” seems simpler, though more exhausting, to me, in the end. Especially for such a small scale.

    As you know, animals do make a WORLD of difference in pasture maintenance. There’s no way — even with our tractor– we could keep up with the constant mowing that needs done to keep our property from being run away by multiflora rose, honeysuckle, other nasty vines and invasives. We are constantly amazing at what our pigs are able to accomplish (nature’s rototiller!)…

    Kind of the same deal with firewood– we spend weekends in the summer cutting down trees into log length, using Finn (or the tractor) to move them to a central location where they’re further cut, split, and stacked. It’s a lot of work– hard work– but there’s pleasure to be taken from it. Not to mention hauling it into a woodshed and dragging it into the house in the dead of Winter. Nothing like a wood-burning fire in the stove to heat the house when it’s cold…. but all that said, we also have a pellet stove😉

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  3. I have to agree with you. But we are old, and if we can afford a tractor I will get one. BUT, as we are fond of saying…”we have more time than money” so for now we clear the ground by hand using picks and shovels. 🙂

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    1. Yes! I would also buy a tractor if I had the funds. It would be worth it just for the front loader! But I don’t think I’d ever be tempted to buy all of the haying attachments.

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      1. nope… I need it for digging holes, making roads and ponds, etc. We need to dig past the hardpan before we plant our trees, so the roots have somewhere to go. An auger powered by a tractor is going to be a must. 🙂

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  4. It all depends on your age (61), the number of years you’ve been doing it, acreage, livestock and your pocket book. I’ll take sitting on a tractor any day of the week over doing it by hand. Plus our bales of hay are anywhere from 800-1000 lbs. We’re not a huge ranch, hobby farmer is what REAL cattlemen call me, but the tractor was the first thing we bought. I balked at first but it’s a life and back saver along with the front loader, the backhoe, the brush hog, the blade, etc. However we all do it, we are the fortunate ones to be living outside the cities! Keep up the good work Gwosh!!!

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  5. I really love this post. Everyone has their preference and abilities, but I’m a firm believer in starting where you are and making a way with what you have. You are an inspiration to those just starting out who don’t think they stand a chance without “big equipment.”

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