Farmer, A Day in the Life of Feeding the World

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Where does your food come from? While some of us reap the produce of our home gardens, mostly we get what eat from the supermarket. But, who’s responsible for the existence of  it? In honour of national farmer’s day (October 12th), today’s blog highlights these resilient key workers. Plus, we follow along on a day in life of a farmer. 

What is a Farmer?

A farmer is a person engaged in agriculture: they practise cultivating crops and live stock. They raise these living organisms for food or raw materials. Modern definitions give the title to farm and land owners. Thus, making the farm’s employees farm workers or farm hands. However, older definitions award the title to any person who promotes or improves the growth of plants, land, and/or crops; and/or raises animals (live stock or fish) by labour and attention. 

Types of Farming

The type of farmer determines the specific farming activities they do. 

The History of the Farmer

The act of farming dates back as far as the 12,000 years ago. By the bronze age, humankind relied heavily on the growing on crops and the process of irrigation. 

Irrigation is the artificial way of applying control amounts of water to land. It assists in the production of crops. It is the basis for the growth of economies and societies across the globe. Not only because having crops allowed for eating and trading purposes, but because this process also aided in cooling livestock, surpassing dust, disposing of sewage, and later mining. 

As for animal husbandry (raising livestock for their meat, other materials, and to perform tasks), it also has existed for thousands of years. First we domesticated dogs, then goats and sheep, followed by pigs, and lastly horses. Domestication means these animals are no longer “wild”: farmers adapted them for human use. 

A Day in the Life

What does a farmer, working on a mixed farm, do everyday?

  1. First, they awaken at pre-dawn. The farmer feeds the cows and calves at 6.15am, then milking begins at 6.30am. Before the sun fully rises, they also clean the sheds. 
  2. After the animals are taken care of, it’s time to prepare for the day. They must check that their tools and materials are clean and ready to work. 
  3. For the rest of the day, activities include checking on crops, plowing or bailing up grass for cows to eat in the winter, and general farm maintenance. Their day ends around 7.30-8pm

Farmers must battle weather conditions, working weekends, and never really being able to take time. However, they admit that the satisfaction of making something with their own hands makes the challenges worth it! 

About the Author

Lydia B.

Lydia B.

Lydia B. is a Marketing Coordinator and Music Club Coach for Gooroo Clubs. Don't let after-school be an afterthought - join Gooroo's online platform centred around hands-on project-based learning!