Farm Life: Here are some Facts

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson September 30, 2014 16:35 Updated


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I ran across a couple of lists the other day about growing up on a farm.  Both recaps, while citing some points that are up for debate by some, were considered nothing but advantageous in the eyes of those two authors.  I suspect those feelings are the same in most of us who grew up in rural America – for the life of me I can’t remember much in terms of negative aspects.  Take a look at these points and see how many you can relate to.


Courtney Miller, an Illinois State University student writes in about five things many folks don’t know about growing up in a farm family:

  • You can make plans for family outings and social activities, and your chances of attending are pretty good if it’s raining.  But during planting and harvesting seasons, if the sun is shining and the sky is clear, your plans are out the window.
  • Dinner is never eaten at the same time or place.  Meals were carried out to the field and eaten in the tractor, on a tailgate, etc.
  • The Farmer 5.  Yes, television was free but you had only a select few to choose from.  But it didn’t matter because there was always something to do outside.
  • You get your unofficial driver’s license at age 10.  And by the time you’re 15 you can drive an automatic, a stick, a tractor, a forklift and more!
  • Personal Playground. The farm offers a wealth of entertainment opportunities – hiding places, farm pets, wide open spaces…

Ali Bos, blogging “agvocate” gives 25 characteristics of being a farm kid.  I’ve noted a few below and encourage you to read her entire list at

  • Hot Wheels, Barbie dolls and Nintendo didn’t compare to toy tractors and those plastic cows and horses.
  • No matter how hard you tried to keep them separate, eventually your “good clothes” and “chore clothes” looked the same because you forgot to change before going outside.
  • You learned about some very random things – things like electric fencing, crawling through barbed wire, and feeding baby calves.
  • The worst form of punishment was not spanking – way worse forms were picking rocks out of dirt, walking the fields with scissors to cut thistles, and staying inside.
  • You had more opportunities to see sunrises and sunsets than most kids your age.
  • Your senior pictures, prom pictures, and the like have a tractor, truck, FFA jacket and/or livestock in them more than once.
  • You understood the value of hard work, commitment, good character, good business and dedication.

Are there any facts to growing up on the farm that these gals didn’t list that come to your mind?  Share them with us!

-Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team






Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson September 30, 2014 16:35 Updated
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