I recently became reconnected to an old friend, “The Small Farmer’s Journal” by way of a birthday present. Bob gave me a copy of Lynn R. Miller’s “Work Horse Handbook” and threw in a copy of a magazine I hadn’t seen since the seventies.

As a subscriber to “The Small Farmer’s Journal,” I was obviously already dreaming of life on a small farm. My attraction has always been the horses. I love them and need to breathe their aroma as surely as I need air.

Bob and I intentionally moved to North Carolina to get closer to the farming community. We have discovered that “Farmers Rock!” – something Bob often shouts out the car window when driving past our new farm buddies. We’ve even met Jen in Pennsylvania; someone who has actually farmed with horse power.

And now, Jack has expressed interest in learning the trade. This is exactly the catalyst we need to push us to the next step – find someone who is hitching up horses and using them and learn from them the ins and outs of planting, mowing, raking, logging and maybe even plowing. They say every journey begins with a single step and I want mine to be behind a horse with lines in my hands.

By Camille Armantrout

Camille lives with her soul mate Bob in the back woods of central North Carolina where she hikes, gardens, cooks, and writes.

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