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Springtime in the Farms

Updated on May 20, 2019

A large farm house with cows grazing near it

This picture shows a large farm house, but even though is is large there are not many people around, so, it is still a lonely place to live your life. The  farms that I am talking about in my text are a lot smaller, but they are again lonely places.
This picture shows a large farm house, but even though is is large there are not many people around, so, it is still a lonely place to live your life. The farms that I am talking about in my text are a lot smaller, but they are again lonely places.

Some farm paddock and a field

Paddock of green grass early spring in enclosures like this we would let the animals graze all day long in springtime.
Paddock of green grass early spring in enclosures like this we would let the animals graze all day long in springtime.
Green field of wheat of barley in late spring, if you look closely the ear of wheat corn or barley are coming out of the stems. I would like to point out that barley was used to be cut to feed the animals in late spring.
Green field of wheat of barley in late spring, if you look closely the ear of wheat corn or barley are coming out of the stems. I would like to point out that barley was used to be cut to feed the animals in late spring.

Telling you about my farm life in spring

Welcome to our article (12), springtime in the farms

Dear readers, in our last article we were telling you, how isolated and boring my young life was in winter times in the farms, so, we were waiting for better times; even if this something that we were looking for was not important to other people; but for the farm people it is, because they are exposed to it directly and they experience it in full. So, let us see what is better than usual in the farms, where we lived a hard life most of the time.

Anyhow, after winter comes spring, and spring is the season of hope and dreams for a better life for a lot of people; but nobody can experience this feeling of hope and dreams more than the farm people, because everything is happening right in front of their eyes.

Therefore, let me say that from the farmers’ point of view, spring is a better and happier season than most of the other seasons especially winter, even though one can say that the farm life is the same even in spring time, because first and foremost you have to look after the farm animal, since the farm animals were the backbone in farming in those days.

You see, up to the time when I was young everything was done by using these animals strength to plough the fields, to carry heavy weights around, and to pull the cart, because, when I was young there were not that many tractor around yet, they were coming out but they were too expensive to buy, so, we had to rely on the farm animals to do the jobs that needed to be done. Now, I want to point out that since then several farm machineries have come out and have helped farming a lot in every way, so, today farming is easier than it was then. Of course, any changes that happen, bring good things and causalities, and I became one of the causalities.

But, to compare what I have said above, we need to show our readers the great difference that these new farming machines have made in the price of farming especially in wheat farming; and the great benefit that the farmers have received and the entire community has received form this modern way of wheat farming. See, Farming today compared to the old way, to compare the difference.

Anyhow, here we want to talk about the farm life in spring of those bygone days, therefore, we need to explain how we looked after the farm animals in spring, if we want to inform our readers how life was in the farms in spring.

So, let me describe the changes that spring time brings in the country, let us see what changes spring brings to the farmers and to the farms’ animals. You see in the temperate zone, like the temperate zone of these Southern Italy towns, there are big changes in temperature, because of these changes in temperature, every season brings a new way of life and spring brings very big changes.

Now, as we have said, we were hand feeding all farm animals during the winter, which was a boring job, day in day out, therefore, the spring season is welcome. I am saying this because, in springtime the way of looking after the farm’s animals changes a lot, because in spring time all the animal that are grass eater will start eating grass in the paddock, at the beginning for only a few hours a day, and then it will reach a stage when most of the farm’s animals will be feeding on grass and nothing else, and most of them will be grazing in the paddock during daytime, at night most of us small farmers would bring them inside the farm stables for security reasons, so, let us describe how this was done.

As we have said, during the winter and most of the year, the large farm animals have been hand fed in the stable with straws, oats and hay, but in spring they will be grazing in the paddocks. So, as soon as the grass in the paddock grows enough in early spring, the cows are let loose in the paddock for a few hours each day to begin with, and then as the grass starts growing faster they will graze in the paddocks all day long. The next on line to graze in the paddocks are the pregnant mares, followed by the rest of the animals: So that in mid spring all the animals that are grass eater will be feeding only on grass; that is during the day in the paddocks and at night with fresh harvested grass, which has been purposely grown and cut from the farmers.

As you can see the farmers are still busy to look after the farm animals, but now it is not as hard as in winter times and the weather is usually fine, and every day that go past it becomes warmer, so, a more relaxed way of life can be enjoyed.

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Kitchen garden patch in spring time

In the farms we all had to have a large kitchen garden, that would produce at least all the vegetable and other produce that we usually find at the green grocery shops, these produce were grown for the  farmer family needs during the year.
In the farms we all had to have a large kitchen garden, that would produce at least all the vegetable and other produce that we usually find at the green grocery shops, these produce were grown for the farmer family needs during the year. | Source

What relief spring was bringing to us farmers?

In the farms spring puts an end to those very dreadful times and it brings some relief. You see, just by thinking about springtime, it bring a smile to the farmers faces, because this new season brings hope to everyone, and we are sure that every one of us likes springtime, and if you are in the farm this feeling is felt even more, it is our human nature and because the farmers are closer to Mother Nature they can feel this more than the rest of the community.

Here we must say that all the living animals love springtime too, because spring bring a new beginning to everything, it brings new hope and it brings new life and we humans are all waiting for the good things that will come during the year, you see spring is completely different, from what we did in the farm in a winter day, which was very boring, as we had to do those repetitive chores day in day out, My farm life continues, therefore, in spring we have better news to tell you.

From a young would be farmer point of view, the very first thing that one notice in spring is that the temperature is becoming milder, everything around you are becoming greener; wherever you turn you can see this happening right in front of your eyes, and that is a wonderful thing to see all these plants and grasses growing, as they seem to wake up from that dormant stage that they were in in winter time.

We can say that the only time that living in the farm for a short period can be more interesting than living in town is at spring time, because those things that make life interesting in the farms happen one after another, you see, we can observe Mother Nature wonders as they occur at very close range; and springtime is the time when most of those wonders occur one after another. Therefore, life in the farm becomes more interesting and wonderful after a cold winter when finally, spring comes, for a start the warm sun makes everybody feel happy to be alive.

For us farmers early in spring when the weather is fine it is nice and warm to stay outside doing odd jobs, like preparing the soil in the kitchen garden and planting some seeds that will soon grow, while we are doing that we imagine how these new plants will grow and bear fruit in summer; you see, in the temperate zone as the days grow longer and the temperature rises the plants start growing very quickly, not only we can see the new plants growing quickly, so, we are thinking what the good season will bring to us, when the time comes to harvest whatever we are planting, or we would plant now in early spring, I know that this seems like dreaming good things, but that is a way of life that all farmers use to do; they need to dream good things to come, to continue to do their farming. Now, let us describe the beauty of the spring season that us young farmer would see happening right in front of our eyes.

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Trees in flower at springtime

In spring trees will flower, as soon as the days become longer and the temperature becomes warmer, all trees look wonderful when they are in flower and we all are happy to see these events.
In spring trees will flower, as soon as the days become longer and the temperature becomes warmer, all trees look wonderful when they are in flower and we all are happy to see these events. | Source
These pretty flower are just another beautiful sight that we find easily in spring time.
These pretty flower are just another beautiful sight that we find easily in spring time. | Source

Wonderful spring in the farms

Wonderful spring is here, so, let us dream for a better life.

During early spring it would be wonderful, if we can forget all worries in the world, and look at the work of Mother Nature at its best. You see, today you look at one tree and you wonder whether it is alive or dead, because its twigs seem really lifeless; but in a few days, when you look at that same tree again you can see a few flowers and some small leaves on its twigs, and in a few more days the whole tree will be in flower, and also its leaves will be growing on its twigs very rapidly, all the trees start flowering and growing quickly at springtime after a cold winter, also all grass and seedlings grow faster and everything is greener and full of life, also the birds that throughout the winter seemed timid and sad, now start to sing and they sound very happy. In the country there is a change in the air in springtime and everything and everybody feels happier, because there are lots of sunny and mild days in spring, so, the sunshine and the mild days tell you that the dreadful winter is past, so, this brings happiness to everybody and everything.

Of course, we in the farm are still busy to look after the farm animals, because that is a chore that never ends, but now it is not as hard as in winter times and the weather is usually fine, in spring times every day that go past the weather becomes warmer, so, a more relaxed way of life can be enjoyed and there are also other happy happenings, you see, spring is the season of hope and in spring we start to harvest many things, there are plenty of vegetables in spring as everything grows pretty fast, also in the fields things grow fast, there are plenty of fresh peas, green beans, broad beans just to name a few, the farmers go around with great hope in their hearts, they hope to harvest plenty of everything, when they are ready to be harvested.

But even in this happy season there can be problems; because the farmer’s life is not an easy life, so, while the farmer is dreaming about the good harvest that he hopes is coming, at the same time the farmers always look at the sky, as they fear bad weather that can ruin their crops. These natural facts, that nature can unleash is a real problem when stormy weather approaches, as all the work that the framers have done during the year can be ruined or destroyed in a few minutes. So, hope and heartbreak go hand in hand in the farms and they are there ever present, so, even in this season that we think is better that the rest, it is not an easy life being a farmer, I can tell you that, because I have been there. Here I have to say that this was one of the reasons why I left farming and migrated to Australia when I was still young, hoping for a better and easier life in Australia which I did. But now let us go back to talk about the farm animals, as they are a very important part of farming.

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Some of the farm animals and their offsprings

Mother cow with new born calf. Cows make plenty of milk, usually more than their calves can drink, so even at this early stage you can milk part of the milk from the cow.
Mother cow with new born calf. Cows make plenty of milk, usually more than their calves can drink, so even at this early stage you can milk part of the milk from the cow. | Source
Some farm animals and their offspring . Everyone of them has got its own personality, you would know what I mean if you are familiar with animals they have a personality of their own, just like people.
Some farm animals and their offspring . Everyone of them has got its own personality, you would know what I mean if you are familiar with animals they have a personality of their own, just like people. | Source
Mother pig and her piglets, did you know that every piglet has got his own tit to feed themselves.from their mother milk?
Mother pig and her piglets, did you know that every piglet has got his own tit to feed themselves.from their mother milk? | Source
The goose looking after their gosling, goose not only eat grains like the poultry, but eat also lots of grass and they eat a lot of it.
The goose looking after their gosling, goose not only eat grains like the poultry, but eat also lots of grass and they eat a lot of it. | Source

The farm animals in spring

Let us talk about the farm animals and what happens to them in spring

Dear readers, this sub-article here is about the way of life that we the farm people together with the farm animals live in the farms at springtime. So, if we observe what is happening in spring, we must admit that the ways that Mother Nature has set up for the reproduction of the species is incredible, and the way of how most natural things happen in the animals world is almost faultless, for a start most of the farm animals give birth to their offspring when there is plenty of food to go around, and when mild and fine weather is usually expected, it is for this reason that in springtime most of the animals offspring are born, starting from the cows that usually calf once every year and they make plenty of milk especially when there is plenty of green food for them to eat, also other animals have their offspring in spring, the sheep have their lambs, the mares have their foals, and other animals have also their young’s according to their specie.

Anyhow, most of the farm animals are born early in spring, so that they can grow big and strong during the spring and summer, so, when the cold weather comes back they are able to cope with it easily, this is really how Mother Nature wants it to be, you see, everything is set in a way that all living things will get the most benefit that they can get, while they can in the good and warm season, therefore, that is a very good thing because it happens like that, and that is the way that Mother Nature wants it to be. But we humans sometimes interfere with Mother Nature.

Now there is something that I hate to say, but I must say it anyhow, you should understand that farmers to run their farms properly, they are pushed to do things that seems cruel. You see, we people sometimes do things that seems against Mother Nature, because we need to control everything around us for our own benefit, one of those things is that we take away the veal from mother cow, we sell the veal to the butcher who does whatever he has to do in this case, after we have done that, then we can happily milk the cow.

We milk the cows and what we do with it is dairy products, dairy products are a wide range of products, of many shapes and forms, starting from just plain milk that can be of various sorts and many sorts of cheeses and other things; but here in this article we are only mentioning, what we did with the milk that we took from the cows and other farm animals, at the time when I was young in the farm.

You see, we used that milk to make cheese of course; some of the reasons for making cheese was that in those times when I was young, there wasn’t a real milk market that you could sell the milk to, so, we had to do something with the milk that we had. You see, farming is mostly based in waste not want not, so, nothing should go to waste, therefore, we made our own cheese from the milk that we had. Anyhow, in our next article we will be talking about, how we made cheese the old way when I was young. Of course, things have changed a lot since then, but nevertheless it was a way of life that we used to live, so, let us tell it just the way it was happening then, in our next article.

See you soon in our article, Cheese making

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