This Rodeo clown(Yes, a rodeo clown and a rather well known one here in Missouri) on a large Facebook farm group told me I was cheating the government out of money and that I was a fake. I don't know this man but I really didn't appreciate being called a fake...
So it got me to thinking....
☆What makes a farmer?☆
I was raised in the country almost all my childhood except for one year my dad owned a service station on the edge of town. My grand parents were dairy farmers at one time and in retirement years they had beef cattle as did several other family members. My other grandparents raised their own meat and gardened like so.many others. So did my great grands as well.
My parents were like a lot of other country people raising our own meat with a couple of hogs and steers occasionally, always having chickens for eggs or to process. We had rabbits, sheep and a wide variety of other animals growing up. Never for income just to have or for meat.
Fast forward to when I was about 26.. By this time I am married with 3 kids of my own living on 60 acres and my parents lived on the other side of it. My mom started researching goats and brought home a little Nubian doe or nanny as we called them then and a little Boer buck or billy, 2 bottle babies. My dad had cows on the 60 acres but goats were just starting to pick up in Missouri and proving to be profitable.
My girls of course thought they were the best things since sliced bread. So that is how this crazy goat lady got started! By the next spring I had 2 goats of my own. 2 grade Nubian does named Sunshine and Tulip. I had built fence, shelters and read every book the library had. Information was scarce on the internet at the time. But I read all I could find.
The next January I bought 7 more does and a buck. I loved the Nubians! I learned so much in those first few years and I still am learning. I have had as few as 2 and as many as 50 plus. I can talk goats at the drop of a hat. My girls when younger would be like we will never leave because mom is talking goats. I enjoy having them. I do raise other animals, chickens, ducks, and small breed pigs... but goats are my thing.
So does a proper barn or anything that is set as normal by society make me less of a farmer because of the way I shelter my animals is not the normal? I dont think so. I think there are many ways to farm.
Just because my ways don't line up with another's preconceived ideas or vice versa doesnt make it right or wrong. Just different. And that is okay! It's okay to think outside of the box. Who wants to be stuck inside of a stuffy old box anyway?
So Mr. Rodeo clown I beg to differ.. Not that he will ever read this or if he does, even think he could possibly be wrong because he was so set in his ways and was going to use my comments for "material". So if you hear a rodeo clown making jokes about a "goat expert" that is so redneck that she can't build proper barns but puts her goats under billboard tarps and cattle panels.
Kindly tell him... I am a hillbilly not a redneck( I married a redneck). But we make due with what we have rather than going out and building what we can't afford and losing it all when times get tough. I had a friend tell me it's creative and smart.. So I will take that and be okay with my creative farming. :)