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I think small time farmers going back to the land would be awesome. Especially for all of those farmers who have been forced to declare bankruptcy due to being talked into investing too heavily on expensive machinery which caused payments overdue in the first place.

I don't think there will be too many takers though - farming is a lot of hard work. Rewarding, but still - manual labor. And it really seems to me that the education system seems to have a 'work with your mind - not with your hands' mentality. Manual labor is for the uneducated, is general wisdom I've heard spouted off by public education. :eek: :no: If only they got a chance to meet some farmers who really knew their stuff.

I'm speaking of the farmers who weren't trapped growing one single huge crop and no other interests. I'm speaking of the farmer who raised small fields of diversified crops. They had cattle and poultry on their farm, and bar a few staples, were pretty much self sufficient within their community. If the implement broke, they hauled into the workshop and fixed it right there on the spot. If they couldn't build or grow it, they bartered with their neighbors for it.

The small time, independent farmer. Those families are in short supply.
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