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28th Aug 2021, 6:00 AM in Magical Mystery Cure
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Newbiespud 28th Aug 2021, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Been a city boy most of my life, though recently I've been living in areas where people have actual land to do farming projects (because there's little else to do in town), and I've gotten my hands dirty helping out a few times. As an activity, it definitely depends on the people you share it with, and as a lifestyle, it's certainly not for me.
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10 Comments:

Just a shadow 28th Aug 2021, 10:33 AM edit delete reply
I've done both and I can agree with Newbiespud on that one though it be nice to try as a magical pastel horse.
Digo 28th Aug 2021, 11:24 AM edit delete reply
I have family in Puerto Rico that are farmers and cattle ranchers. It is a lot of work for sure! The baby animals are ready adorable tho.
aylatrigger 28th Aug 2021, 12:45 PM edit delete reply
I would be Pinkie Pie in this...Except that barn would be in excellent form. I can handle carpentry. Plants would all die. My family has been able to kill cacti. We are very brown-thumbed...good at cooking, bad at keeping plants alive. We would be good with the fauna though; we have chickens.
Jannard 28th Aug 2021, 2:21 PM edit delete reply
Reminds me of an anecdote involving two people I know. One of them went on vacation, and the other was charged with taking care of their plants for several weeks. Most of the plants barely survived the ordeal, but one in particular managed to stay green and pretty, so they focused all their effort into giving that little fella everything it could possibly need so that the owner would have at least ONE healthy plant to return to...

Turns out that one special plant was a plastic prop.
Thor 28th Aug 2021, 3:26 PM edit delete reply
It's still made of carbon. That's close enough right?
SanneNC 28th Aug 2021, 3:57 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, farm work is absolutely not for everyone. I'm one of the weirdos that actually enjoys it. I didn't even grow up on a farm or anything, I just started a stablehand job in my mid-twenties and fell in love with barn work. It's definitely brutal (especially when you work with neurotic off-track racehorses that will freak out and bite/kick you without any warning or reason) but I find it infinitely preferable to working retail or being an office drone, mostly because I feel like I'm actually doing something meaningful with my time.

Meanwhile, most of my co-workers last a few months before they tap out. Too many of them come in thinking "Oooh, this will be a relaxing time with horses!" and then they're smacked in the face with how HARD it is. We're lucky if a new hire makes it past their first day.
Philadelphus 28th Aug 2021, 5:36 PM edit delete reply
Philadelphus
I grew up on a small farm/ranch, and while I don't enjoy farming per se I'd definitely like to one day own a home out in the country away from the city.
Winged Cat 28th Aug 2021, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Give me vertical farming, or some other form of highly automated hydroponics. Let machines do the manual labor.
Jennifer Burdoo 30th Aug 2021, 5:27 PM edit delete reply
I read Gerard K. O'Neill's The High Frontier back in the day and am still disappointed that we haven't got farms in orbit, growing crops year-round.
Colin 31st Aug 2021, 3:23 PM edit delete reply
To this day I cannot see that shot of Pinkie without thinking of "Bronies React: Season 3 Finale": "...cannot fix this bastard water-chute!"