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Farmette 1769

by Monica Melograna-Ward

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Farmette 1769 gives us a lovely lifestyle, but it is not always pretty and certainly not easy. If you’re thinking of taking this type of life on, you must be willing to dig in and get dirty. I am grateful to be living this dream in a First World country with running water and lots of soap available!

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What we do here is much too small in acreage to generate a viable income. Our little endeavor is barely a glimmer of what a working farm is like. But it is a small window with a view. Our experiences are enough to have an idea of what challenges real American farmers face every day.

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Having said all of that, I will move onto the main subject of this blog. There was a truck commercial that was featured during this year’s Super Bowl football game. It beautifully depicted an array of scenic landscapes/portraits and told the story of both the triumphs and failures of large scale farming. It was terribly glamorized. A shiny, clean, new Ram truck struck me as something that would merely have a fleeting love affair with a farmer. A real down and dirty farming entrepreneur spends most of their time on foot.

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Actual commercial aired during N.F.L. Super Bowl XLVII 2013

Even if we had enough land to become a “small local farm”, I doubt we would last long due to corporate, political, factory-farm smothering. The alternate video advertisement of the original commercial is more what farming in America has gotten to be. This version, although presented on a “funny” video web site, is a rather dark take on Ram’s naive broadcast about modern agricultural work.

Real world version

Both are very well done and “must see” productions. They are not long,
so I hope that you take the time to view them with the links provided.

Special Thanks – Dodge®, FunnyOrdie, YouTube & Huffington Post

The alternate ad ends with the words: “The word ‘farmer’ still evokes salt of the earth, American gothic imagery. And, from a marketing standpoint, that would be a helpful thing to associate with an auto maker that nearly went bankrupt due to mismanagement.” – Huffington Post Article Credit

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/06/god-made-a-factory-farmer_n_2630880.html

PS: Farmette 1769 owns one small, semi-white, Toyota Tacoma truck – it is old, muddy and has a lot of dents. Pick-up trucks are handy items and I actually do recommend having one for farm life – no matter what brand.

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We have been the proud owners of a 2001 Toyota Tacoma, 4-cylinder, 2-wheel drive, truck for 9 years now. It is a tough little vehicle. It has a towing capacity of 5000 pounds and can pull our 2 horse trailer filled with 2 horses. Our little truck can also carry a round bale.

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The key is dryness. The truck cannot pull the trailer across mud. If it is really muddy it can’t even pull itself. The same applies to a round bale. If the bale is moist, you’ll need a tractor with a forklift contraption to move it around. But, if it is dry, and especially if it is placed in the bed of your truck so that it looks like a big wheel from the side, it can be rolled out.

Having two people helps a lot. My niece, Vicky-Marie, was here overnight after getting stuck at Charlotte International Airport due to fog. She was rewarded by helping me move the latest round bale.

I climbed up in the back of the truck. Then I turned so that my back is to the cab of the truck. I have zero upper body strength, especially with my neck damage, but my legs are strong and they can get a bale moving.

My niece used her arms. Youth has a way of giving you a surprising amount of upper body strength, even if you are a girl. And it doesn’t hurt that she is in vet school and has to deal with farm-style physical tasks.

Our property is slanted front to back and left to right. This gets difficult to deal with at times, but is a blessing in disguise for hay. We take advantage of the slope in that the front of the truck is higher than the back when we unload it.

If all else fails, you can get strong rope (we use leftovers from the electric horse area) and loop it around the round bale and then around a tree. Drive your vehicle away from the tree. The bale will magically end up on the ground.

If our bills weren’t eating us alive, we’d get a tractor. The older ones in working condition can be found pretty easily. They look like classic old cars, but are a very reasonable price. Eventually we’ll squeeze the money out, but for now, basic physics does the job.

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