What Should Farm Kids Know?

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson July 31, 2017 14:36 Updated


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The following list of things farm boys and farm girls should know came from The Best of the Old Farmer’s Almanac: The First 200 Years.  Back in 1867 things were a lot different…or were they?  Take a look at these two lists and find the parallels between today and 150 years ago.  Should some of these things still apply and how many still do?


What Every Farmer’s Boy Should Know

  • To dress himself, black his own shoes, cut his brother’s hair, wind a watch, sew on a button, make a bed, and keep all his clothes in perfect order and neatly in place
  • To harness a horse, grease a wagon, and drive a team
  • To milk cows, shear sheep, and dress veal or mutton
  • To reckon money and keep accounts accurately and according to good bookkeeping rules
  • To write a neat, appropriate, briefly expressed business letter, in a good hand, and fold and superscribe it properly, and to write contracts
  • To plow, sow grain and grass seed, drive a mowing machine, swing a scythe, build a neat stack, and pitch hay
  • To put up a package, build a fire, whitewash a wall, mend broken tools, and regulate a clock
















What Every Farmer’s Girl Should Know

  • To sew and knit
  • To mend clothes neatly
  • To dress her own hair
  • To wash dishes and sweep carpets
  • To trim lamps
  • To make good bread and perform all plain cooking
  • To keep her room, closets, and drawers neatly in order
  • To make good butter and cheese
  • To keep accounts and calculate interest
  • To write, fold, and superscribe letters properly
  • To nurse the sick efficiently and not faint at the sight of a drop of blood
  • To be ready to render efficient aid and comfort to those in trouble, in an unostentatious way
  • To receive and entertain visitors when her mother is sick or absent

From my perspective when looking at the two lists, it’s good to know that many of these tasks cross over between our boys and girls today.  I also see some very basic knowledge that today’s youth may be lacking in because of technology or lifestyle.  Farm kids learned a lot 150 years ago, and still continue to receive valuable education that will serve them well throughout their lives.

-Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team




Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson July 31, 2017 14:36 Updated
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