While doing research for some of my columns, I always end up running across some great quotes from people of all different time periods. One thing I’ve noticed – it doesn’t matter if you lived during the 1700’s, the 1800’s, the 1900’s or even in the 21st Century, farming, and the essence of farming, really hasn’t changed much. Oh, the equipment may have. Quite a few of us have traded in horses for horsepower, but the heart behind the plow is still the same. Here are a few of the quotes I’ve collected:

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field. –Dwight D. Eisenhower


Responsible, stylish, adventuresome, sometimes silly, comfortable, and difficult subsistence. That’s what milking the cow’s all about!” ― Lynn Miller


“She allowed herself the luxury of a good cry, figuring that her tears were mingling with the downpour to soak into the soil. It was relief. It was joy. It was the knowledge that she had overcome, and it spilled out with her tears onto the ground that she had toiled with, to become a part of the crop she had planted with her own hands. It had sought to defeat her, and she had prevailed. Now, she was permanently a part of it.” ― Tracy Winegar, Good Ground


“Ellis,” he said. “You’re watchin’ a miracle right under your nose.” He gave a few of the seeds to Ellis and let him drop them into the hole he had already made. “In each of them little things, God put life. Now you take care with it, and you feed it with water and sunlight. And, most important of all of ’em, put it in good ground, and that life is gonna sprout right out.” ― Tracy Winegar, Good Ground


“Pardon me, but my father says that it is a lie that Americans have everything. You have no sheep, no goats, no trees, no oil, no vines, no wine, not even chickens. He asks, ‘What kind of life is that?’ He says, ‘No wonder you don’t sing or dance or recite poetry very often.” ― Robert Fulghum, What On Earth Have I Done?: Stories, Observations, and Affirmations


A farmer who is afraid of dirt is no farmer at all; he will never know the joy of great harvest.”

Paul Bamikole


Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom, and being one’s own person is its ultimate reward. – Patricia Sampson


I’m a farmer now, and it’s fantastic. My goal is to be totally self-sufficient and grow everything that I eat. There’s something about earning your dinner that’s cool. –Roseanne Barr


Every path has a few puddles. – Old Farmers’ Proverb


Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment. – Old Farmers’ Proverb


Look down when walking in a cow pasture. -Jerry Apps, Farming Rural Wit & Wisdom

The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn’t still be a farmer. – Will Rogers


AGRICULTURE is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals and happiness.” -Thomas Jefferson
You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.   – Collette


If you can dream it, you can do it – Walt Disney


It is not enough for a man to know how to ride; he must know how to fall. – Unknown


In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. – Margaret Atwood


And let us not weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. – Galatians 6:9


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The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land. –

Abraham Lincoln


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