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Life on the Farm with Roger--The American Farmer

Updated on February 25, 2013
Roger Moore
Roger Moore | Source

Roger Moore

Roger Moore is a God-fearing, successful businessman, who has another side to him. He loves animals, and that puts an honest smile on his face I have seen this man in serious situations, where he has had to make decisions in a moment’s notice, but yesterday was the first time that I had ever seen him completely relaxed, enjoying his farm and what life hands him there.

This is a gentle man that enjoys goat husbandry and the happiness that it brings him. It matters not that he is up at all hours tending kids that were not accepted by their mother. To him, it is just another day on the farm.

Jean Moore
Jean Moore | Source

Jean Moore

He and his mother, Jean, have cared for animals over many years. It doesn’t matter that Jean is now ninety. You can see her face light up when she tends these animals, and how it is a good reason to do what she does. She has raised pigs in barrels. It’s just something that you do because you have to do it.

This is how a true animal lover lives. There is plenty on their plates at all times, yet when it comes to their animals, they always come first. It is how nature intended it, and when it is said that the meek shall inherit the earth, it was the people that tend the animals and the animals themselves that was meant.

These nubian/pygmy cross kids were born just hours before we saw them yesterday.
These nubian/pygmy cross kids were born just hours before we saw them yesterday. | Source

Life on a Farm

Look around you and see the beauty that is right in your own back yard. Many of us just take so much of nature for granted, as it is hard to find the time to really relax these days. There is just so much that we have to do and be responsible for continually. It isn’t easy to raise a family, work, and try to fit in all the daily chores that are so necessary in living a full life.

When one lives on a farm, it is early to bed and early to rise. The animals have to bed fed, as do those that care for them. There are eggs to be collected, goats to be milked, and right now, it is the season for birthing. Roger has helped birth three litters, six goats in three days, and all of these goats are first time mothers. Most of them were raised in the living room of his home, but again, it’s all part of a day on the farm. Then he has to go to work out of the house after sometimes being up the better part of the night.

Male Pygmy Goat
Male Pygmy Goat | Source
Hen and Her Chicks
Hen and Her Chicks | Source

The American Farmer as an Institution

So think about it when you have that big steak on your plate. Think about all the countless hours that local farmers have toiled endless hours for you to enjoy the food that you eat. Think about the dairy farmer that is up early in the morning, ensuring that you have that wonderful, wholesome milk for drinking, and the cheese and butter that you eat. Think about the vegetable farmers that bring you the beautiful and healthy vegetables that your family consumes each day to keep them healthy, and your children grow big and strong.

Also think about the fact that the American farmer may one day be no more if they cannot make ends meet on the little that they receive from the corporations that buy their produce, milk, meat, hay and everything else that they lovingly put into those trucks to be shipped to you as quickly as possible to ensure the health of your families. Think about how organic farming will keep you well and healthy for the rest of your lives, and make sure that the American farmer can keep doing this for you by paying him or her a fair wage. Don’t let farming go by the wayside in our lifetimes. It is too important to our well-being. Think about it, and act upon it, before it is too late.

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Nubian/Pygmy Cross Kid born a couple of days ago
Nubian/Pygmy Cross Kid born a couple of days ago | Source
Nubian/Pygmy Cross Kid
Nubian/Pygmy Cross Kid | Source
Rooster
Rooster | Source

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    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, torrilynn. Many times, it is a thankless job. I get my eggs from free range chickens on a small farm.

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      torrilynn 

      4 years ago

      Farmers and people that truly appreciate the animals that they take care of are truly important indeed. Thanks for the story. Voted up.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Shyron, all we can do is fight GMOs, Monsanto, and everything else against humanity. Corporations are poisoning us, and they know it. Support your local organic farmers, as well as CSOs, and that will bring prices down. I was raised in the country on organic vegetables and milk right from the cow, and I am the picture of health.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Deb, having lived on my grandfather's farm, I appreciate everything you have written here. Your friends have a special place in Heaven waiting for them.

      How can we stop the big corporations from destroying the small farmers?

      Voted-up, UABI, and shared.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      klidstone, it is such a great place. Animals are so wonderful to be near.

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 

      5 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      Roger and Jean sound like delightful people and are very lucky to call you friend. What a wonderful tribute.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, suziecat! Thanks for reading, and here's to hopes that we can all honor some of our own special, local citizens that deserve it.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I am so glad that you have a local market. There are many CSAs out there, too. We also have a farmer's market, and I would like to get t there n the weekends to patronize it. Let's keep those farmers out there just for us!

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      suziecat7 

      5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Also loved this Hub. People who tend animals have a special place in heaven, I think. Thank you for honoring the American farmer.

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      Jim Higgins 

      5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      This hub is a great tribute and a service to the American family farm. There are too few of them left and way too many corporate farms raking in subsidies meant to keep the family farm afloat. Here in Eugene, we have a thriving Farmers' Market, already runnng on Saturday this year with a half-dozen booths, and when in full swing by April will have over a hundred booths with fresh produce for sale. It is so successful, that they are open on Tuesdays as well in late Spring and Summer, and have other locations locally as well.

      We owe so much to the hardworking farmer.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Precy Anza, there's nothing like animals in the household. When I was growing up, we had mallards and white muscovies. I miss them, too.

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      precy anza 

      5 years ago from USA

      What a treat you had experience Avian :) Look at those young goats, so cute I wanna play with them! ^-^' And those chicks with their mama hen reminded me of our own hen and chicks that I used to visit at the break of daylight before I get ready for school.... I missed those days.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Tammy! I am just having a blast with this new camera, but still have so much to learn about it.

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      Tammy 

      5 years ago

      As always I love your pictures!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I loved it, Peg. The kids were adorable. I had never held any before, and it was such a joy. One even followed me when I took pictures of Mama and her chicks.

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      What a treat to read about this slice of farm life by the Moore's. I wonder if they are related? Anyhow, my Grandpa Moore was a sharecropper in South Georgia and I listened to my Dad tell stories of how it was for him growing up on the farm. What a joy to see these little brand new animals and to hear about this working farm.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Same here, Meldz. Even though it is hard work, to me, it is a pleasant life that I would love to have.

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      ignugent17 

      5 years ago

      You are lucky to know Roger and Jean. I am not a farmer but I like to visit farms and enjoy the simplicity of life.

      Have a great day!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Mycee. I'm not far from a few farms, so it makes me feel like I am still in the country around here, even though this is classified as a small city.

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      Not Found 

      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      i really love to live on a farm..the sweet smell of morning dew, fresh scent of flowers and fruits. wow.. wonderful hub!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Single Shot! Thanks so much for stopping by.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Lela, I sure appreciate your voice!

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      Single Shot 

      5 years ago

      Nice Hub.

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      CreatePerfection 

      5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado

      aviannovice,

      This is a great tribute to these wonderful, dedicated people who provide all of our food. We literally owe them our lives. Thank you for this wonderful article and the great pictures. I always enjoy your subjects.

      Blessings,

      Lela

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Alicia! Farmers always deserve a 'thank you," now and again. They do a lot for us, b ut it would be better if they got a fair wage.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Paul! You are so right, big business will be the downfall of this country as we have known it. There are still many things that we can hold onto, if only we act.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Jackie! No, I haven't seen the movie, but I can imagine what is in it. It's more of the kind of movie that would break my heart, rather than educate me. Thanks for all the votes, as well as for stopping in.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The photos and the story are lovely, Deb! Your hub is a great tribute to farmers.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Deb,

      This is a very interesting story and I enjoyed it very much. Your pictures are awesome. I know how hard and how many hours a farmer most work having grown up on a dairy farm. In October of last year, I was reminded of this fact in a week long visit to my sister's dairy farm in Wisconsin. It's a shame that farming is becoming a big business now, and that the small farmer is having almost an impossible chance of competing. Voted up and sharing.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is great thank you! I love farms too. Have you seen the farmageddon movie (misspelled I think) ? It is horrible what is being done to the farmer. I envy these people in your story, what a perfect life....

      Up and sharing.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Bill. As usual it is great to see you, and I hope that your winter is winding down.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Oh, Eddy, thank you so much! I love the farm, and if I had my druthers, I would work on a farm. I was almost hired at a farm when I was living in PA.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Martin, I never had the opportunity until now. This was the first time that I held kids, and it was such a thrill.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, mvillecat! The local farmers certainly are the ones that we get to know. Thanks so much for visiting and the votes.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great story Deb. Hopefully this one strikes a chord with people. The American farmer is a dwindling occupation and it needs to be saved. I loved the photos!

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Oh Deb what a wonderful hub;I loved every single part of it. Interesting and so very true. I vote up,across and share all around. Thank you again for sharing this gem and have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      For me? Thank you. I got to be a "ranch hand" when I was a kid.

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      Catherine Dean 

      5 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      I agree with you! The local family farm is so important to the fabric of our nation. We try our best to buy from local farmers first. Love the pictures and voted up.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It was so easy to write. It took me longer to find the pictures for the story, Jeannie.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You know it, Billy. If we lose the farmer, we lose everything.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Obviously I agree with you, Deb. I've written about the American farmer myself. It is an institution we need to protect in this country. Buy organic for sure!

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      Jeannie Dibble 

      5 years ago

      Love this Hub story and your pictures bring to life the beautiful barnyard animals...What a gift to photograph the baby goats and to spend and hour observing them with their mothers and caregivers...Jean and Roger. Thanks Deb for writing this wonderful story that goes on year after year at Roger's barnyard....

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