Do you like fixing things?

This is an important question for an aspiring farmer to consider. Whether large or small, conventional or organic, agriculture relies on a lot of “things.” Pipes. Pumps. Fences. Tractors. Chainsaws. And yes…computers.

Getting others to fix these things can be expensive. But perhaps more importantly, these things tend to break on Sundays. Or Christmas Eve. Or at 2 AM. Or all of the above. Good luck getting somebody else to fix them then.

So the type of person who take great pleasure in returning a broken piece of equipment to service may find agriculture a very satisfying way of life. On the other hand, if the frustration over the broken equipment, the lost time or extra expense outweighs the satisfaction of bringing dead equipment back to life, farming can be trying.

I have a confession to make: I really struggle with this sometimes.

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