I'm a farmer now, and it's fantastic. My goal is to be totally self-sufficient and grow everything that I eat. There's something about earning your dinner that's cool.
I was raised by my grandmother on a farm, where we were really poor - we had dirt floors - but so did everybody else.
It brings up happy old days when I was only a farmer and not an agriculturist.
I had to jump on the tractor and do my chores. I would have just killed to be in town, to be able to Rollerblade hand-in-hand with somebody I had a crush on. I just wanted to get off the farm, to find my outlet.
I grew up on a farm where we had one radio station and it was all country.
I have a farm and I love it there. There's really nothing to do, but even watching the chickens, its fun.
I came from a farming background, and my career was teaching.
In my early teens, I acquired a kind of representative status: went on behalf of the family to wakes and funerals and so on. And I would be counted on as an adult contributor when it came to farm work - the hay in the summertime, for example.
I expected to be a farmer like my father and brothers. Life seemed pleasant and orderly.
With my support, the House of Representatives recently voted to permanently repeal the death tax so that family farms and businesses can be passed down to children and grandchildren.
The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn't still be a farmer.
So organic farming practices are something that, to me, are interlinked with the idea of using biodiesel.
The biggest challenge of being a pastry chef is that, unlike other types of chefs, you can't throw things together at a farmer's market. When you're working with baking powder and a formula, you have to be exact. If not, things can go wrong.
You can drive an SUV, but there's a balance. If you do that, maybe use energy-efficient light bulbs at home or just be conscious of switching off lights. If you can afford to drive an SUV, maybe you can afford to make a donation to a wind farm or plant some trees. It's all about balance.
I'm a mechanical engineer, and I grew up on a farm, so I like practical hardware - somebody's elegant solution that proves itself over the long term.
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