Valuable Principles in Your farming Life


  1. Use gravity and natural forces (water flow, sunshine) whenever possible; heat with wood and sun.
  2. Avoid electricity and complex machinery as much as possible.
  3. When something breaks, take the time to fix it and fix it right so that it won’t break for an indefinite period of time.
  4. If you think you need to use a spray, insecticide, pesticide, herbicide, on a crop — don’t. Either don’t raise the crop, or substitute, or grow it in such a way that you don’t need it.
  5. If at all possible have only a pickup and make it an old one, either Chevy or Ford, and when the opportunity comes, get another one just like it for parts, and repair it forever.
  6. Never throw anything away — sure as shooting — if you haul it to the dump on Tuesday, you will find a use for it by Friday.
  7. Grow or raise everything that you possibly can for yourself and for your livestock — buy as little as possible.
  8. Do not borrow or lend machinery. Renting machinery is permissible, but sparingly.
  9. Do not make work for yourself. If there is a better, cheaper, easier way to do it — do it.
  10. Do not use things or systems that will continually cost you money, except for bare essentials that clearly save you more than they cost you.
  11. Don’t even think about the following:
    a. A television set;
    b. Cheating someone;
    c. More than one phone;
    d. Tractors;
    e. Credit;
    f. Being less of a neighbor than you yourself would want;
    g. Mistreating your livestock or shirking your chores;
    h. Silos–especially a Harvestore.


This article originally appeared in the Fall 1980 SFJ (Vol. 4, No. 4) and was reprinted in the Winter 1989 issue (Vol. 13, No. 1) at the request of several readers. This article is reprinted with permission from the author.


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