share farming


Adam and I are essentailly share farming with these larrikins. My folks. 

That is, they're retired from dairying (and teaching, in my Mum's case), but Dad still runs cattle on agistment. 



Without Dad this whole adventure of ours would be an amateur fiasco. When he's on the ground here (and not off travelling, which is often the case) at least it's a fiasco with a mentor. 

We don't agree on everything: there's a standoff about preparing the ground for the next lot of coffee trees – Roundup vs organic – but mostly we follow his instructions. He does know this farm like the back of his hand.


Someone referred to Adam a few weeks ago as Dad's Farm Manager. Which Adam strongly and immediately revised as Dad's Light Entertainment. He is terrificly amusing. I like working with him, for one. 


I think Dad does too, although Adam was holding the camera here, quite close to the ground as I understand it, and fairly close to the wheels. 


No running over the light entertainment, Dad. He's just built a champion meat chicken pen. Who knows what he'll do next.

More on that shortly!



5 Comments on “share farming

Ange Thompson
June 11, 2012 at 9:35 pm

In all my time on the farm, I dont think I have ever seen Aunty Gay on a quad bike. In saying that, she looks surprisingly comfortable.

Penny Hannah
June 12, 2012 at 1:37 am

Now those two look like the sort of parents and grandparents every family should have – long may they continue to keep you all straight in the ways of the farm. How are the bikkies doing?

June 12, 2012 at 10:10 am

Having a succession plan and being freed to travel etc must be a relief for your parents. It is such a hard and constant life, farmers deserve a bit of retirement time too and what a bonus to have free entertainment as part of the package…

June 12, 2012 at 2:18 pm

They look grand …it’s good you have hands on help and knowledge.

I’m very interested in this champion chook pen you mentioned.

June 12, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Light entertainment? Too funny!


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