Ten Thing Things You Learn Growing Up A Farm Kid

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Growing up on a Farm is like nothing else – you get to work with your family daily, raise and support animals and see directly where your food comes from. Check out our Top Ten Things You Learn Growing Up A Farm Kid!

1. You learn patience from an early age – before you can get what you want, the chores have to be done. Dinners will be late (or out in the field) during plant and harvest but you learn to get past that. 

2. You learn where your food comes from – You get to first hand raise and grow the food that you and many, many other people will be eating or will benefit from. 

3.  You learn to appreciate where you come from – You get to grow up on the greatest playground full of wide open spaces as far as the eye can see. Where else would you get to spend as much time outdoors? Even better – where else do you get to ride around hours on end in tractors and combines while hanging out with your parents? There’s no better place to grow your imagination than on a farm!

4. You respect the land – after all it’s your family’s livelihood. You know how to conserve water, use less resources and protect the environment all while making as best use out of the land as possible.

5. Learn to drive at a young age – The more that you can help out the better, so learning to drive at a young age is something all farm kids do. Now, we’re not talking automatic transmissions here – you will learn to drive that stick and you’ll most likely master is by age 10. 

6. You learn to toughen up or else – like there’s no crying in baseball, there’s not much allowed in Farming. Roll up those sleeves, get dirty, get greasy and get going – it’s the only way jobs will get done.  

7. You learn the true meaning of family – and to appreciate it as well. There aren’t many jobs that teach as much about your family and the value of them as farming does. You work with them and put up with them daily but they are also your leaning blocks when things go wrong and your support when nothing goes right. 

8. You learn to be handy – flats tires and oil changes have nothing on you. You learned from a young age the tools of the trade – literally! You know which screwdriver is what, how to change the oil (bonus if you know how to reuse it!) and fix that flat tire in little to no time. 

9. Learn to have a love/hate relationship with weather – the weather can make or break your crop and livestock so when mother nature does what you need, she’s great; when she decides to bring you a drought, well she’s not so great. You know what hail storm can do besides dent a car and you know the dangers when a blizzard hits unexpectedly. 

10. You’ll learn that there is no such thing as an excuse – Have you ever tried to use the excuse “but I don’t want to do that?” We’d guess you learned pretty quickly after those words left your mouth that it doesn’t matter, you’re still going to have to do it. There are no excuses in farming – a job is a job and that job needs to be done. 

Growing up on a farm, you learn discipline and hardwork and you’ll learn to appreciate it. There aren’t many jobs and lifestyle that require the discipline of rising before sun daily; delivering a calf in sub-zero temps at 3 a.m. or never having a day off the way Farming does. But you wouldn’t have it any other way.

Do you feel like we left off your favorite thing you learned being a Farm Kid? Share your lesson with us with a comment below! 

62 thoughts on “Ten Thing Things You Learn Growing Up A Farm Kid

  1. You learn that if you don’t feed and water it, it dies. Be it plant, livestock, pets or people, care of tLiving things comes first!

  2. You learn how to use your brain–your greatest resource. When there’s not enough money or time, or people to get past a problem, you have to figure it out. When you are stuck all day doing a tedious or boring task, you let your imagination and thoughts take over and get you through.

  3. Its a hard life but a good life. You learn to lean on God and all the things he has created. It would be a better world if we had more farmers. They are the backbone of the nation.

    1. I am sure that you learned a lot more than you realize, but take for granted.. Most of us do, but going through each day brings something different to tackle. AND it gets done by YOU. I thank GOD each day for all that HE has done for me and given me Take care and CHIN up. Take a minute and think of all the things that you can do and how you learned to do them.

    2. You must be the youngest of a large family. And smart as well. I had one of those. Turned out well. He learned from our life mistakes.

  4. Your life is usually filled with extended family members who all farm together. And afternoon “coffee breaks” always means deserts like cream puffs.

    1. Afternoon coffee breaks taught me how to make a perfect break in a saltine cracker, so I could put a sweet little slice of cheese or a dollop of peanut butter on top. Don’t remember crackers ever tasting so good!

  5. Love it my family of six grow up on small farm,how nice it would now have been for my grand kids to been abele to do the same

  6. Thank God I grew up on my Grandfather’s dairy farm in Vermont! I see the way kids are growing up these days, and I’m so grateful I wasn’t one of them!

  7. I grew up on an apple orchard…while we didn’t raise animals (much), these are all true for fruit orchard families as well.

  8. I learned that I was part of much larger global systems – climate systems, global markets, and transporation systems (if there weren’t grain cars available to move the wheat, it didn’t matter if the prices were at record highs because of drought in the Ukraine, you couldn’t sell your bin-ful). And I learned the satisfaction of a field ploughed, planted, or harvested, of a garden weeded, and of a batch of bread baked.

  9. Well written, so true, everyone must care there own job and work. Its so much fun living on a farm and I am so glad I had the opportunity to live that life and have my children live that life.
    It’s a great learning tool of life. Amen

  10. I grew up a City Kid and now 63 Years Young. As a Kid during Summers I would go to my Grandparents Farm and Loved it. Work! Yes! Loved it–YES!! I hauled square bales, fed chickens, stacked loose hay, learned how to hook up a team of horses, cared for cows and pigs and I could go on. My Grandfather would sing and recite poetry as he labored on the Farm. My Grandmother done the cooking and tended the Garden. Both, very down to earth people, as are most Farmers. Farming has really advanced since then, but the hard work the Farmers do is even more challenging and the Farmers are still very down to earth People. As a City Kid–THANK YOU TO ALL FARMERS!!

  11. You learn never to say to a parent, “I’m bored.” Their face will light up & you will find yourself on the business end of a shovel.

    You learn that play is when you do something until you are tired of it. Work is when you do something until it is done.

  12. The best time before harvest on Saturday when Dad Harris would say: Helen, pack a lunch for Williams Lake, I am quitting early SO that we have family time together. David could water ski. Darla gets to help with the steering of the boat. Thank You, Harris and Helen

  13. i Grew up on a farm and learned these things, but I also learned, What community was all about, they would all come together when a neighbor would get too sick or pass away that the neibors would all come to gether to take their crops out for them and all the women would make dinners for everyone, was so fun knowing your helping someone else in need, I have many wonderful memeries of those times

  14. From your Mamaw Judy Parker How neat of our grandson to feel this and share it with the e it with the media world. I was raised in town but married my dear husband Papaw Rex almost 54 years ago. I love the farm. It gets your heart like nothing else. god is there in every seed and baby animal.

  15. As a farm kid you never said to your parents “I’m bored”. If you did you were put to work and had plenty to do. Also as a farm kid you learned how to amuse yourself and be good with your own thoughts, to be creative. When I was little I was given a frozen jug of kool-aid and sent out to play. I didn’t come back into the house until the kool-aid was gone. I played with the cats, dogs, chickens, pigs, cows, lambs and horses. I made pets of the mice and the newts and slept in the flower beds. I don’t live on a farms any more nor would I want to as there is far too much work but l am very grateful to have grown up on one.

  16. You realize that one thing you never learned on the farm was how to write well the ten things you learned on the farm. Jack

  17. Learning hard work at a young age and the rewards that come from it which has been passed on through generations makes me feel good inside. Knowing that the back bone of the Country relies on this character trait makes me proud to have grown up and also raised my children the same way on a ranch. PROUD!

  18. I don’t know about the US but in Europe many farm children go to study at universities in big towns, then never return but kind of for Christmas. Mostly the European farms are not “as far as the eye can see”, the vistas are rather drab in many cases, but the rest is mostly like you laid it out in your ten points (though there’s a lot of specialization here, some won’t have fields but cattle in stalls only, others only fields and no cattle). But I have an inkling that European farm parents do not immerse their children as much as you do or else they would not “flee the land” (actually a common expression) as much.

    1. All I needed for repairing anything when out in the field was a plier, a hammer and some wire most of the time so I didn’t have to go home and waste my time driving back and forth. Always managed to get things done farm life is the BEST. Thank God for farming and being a FARMER

  19. You learn to love a cow more than most love their dog or cat, after all, that cow is just a big pet AND provides an income too!

    You learn very young the cattle eat before you eat.

  20. You learn that no matter how hard you try and do everything possible you may still lose that baby calf but you learn it what is worth it just to give the calf a chance. I had a little heifer born with monkey jaw and messed up legs one.of the vets in town said she wouldn’t live past 3 days and she made it to be 11 years old and no signs of ever having trouble when we sold her this fall. We took a chance and helped her fight to live and she gave us great calves.

  21. I agree with all that was written about growing up on a farm; however, I don’t think anyone wrote about the value of neighboring. Farmers helping others. We had great neighbors who helped us and in turn we helped them. Had great fun when we got together because everyone was in this together. I thank God I learned the importance of being a good neighbor by growing up on a farm.

  22. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah I so wish I could be back on the farm. It wasn’t work to me, it was a labor of love. I spent hours alone in the fields behind those 2 big Belgians and learned to love the solitude. Church? It was never the brick building in town; I’d stand on the hill in the field and look down at the woods with the stream running thru it. The beauty of the wildflowers in bloom around it was God’s ‘church’! Hard to beat that. Yes I wish I was still back on my Uncle’s farm. But it’s all homes and businesses now. All the farms and fields are gone. What a loss.

  23. I grew up on a farm and there received a work ethic that is next to none. As a teenager, I loved John Denver’s song, “Thank God I’m a Country Boy”. It was a fun way of my singing – at the top of my lungs- after all there was no one out there to make fun of me – all the good things about the farm like growing and preparing all your own food (we did, except for coffee and sugar) and knowing that the food that you are eating is non-contaminated because we fed the animals so we knew what they ate, we saw them before slaughtering them so we knew that they were healthy and that they were slaughtered and processed cleanly so that there was no contamination. Thank God I’m a country kid!

  24. When we were putting up hay and it was hot as H***, and Dad said lets take a break, that didn’t mean sitting in the shade, no, that meant going down in the basement of the of the barn and loading a load of manure on the spreader, because it was always a bit cooler down there.

  25. I am a fourth generation farmer on our farm. My sister is also. We were taught all of these lessons and more. My daddy’s favorite thing to say has always been “can’t never could “. My grandfather passed away recently, and I have thought so much about the things he taught me over the years. Thank God I grew up on a farm and my kids are growing up on a farm.

  26. Loved the article, I grew up on a pig farm and we showed pigs also. So when we would go to shows we would be there for the entire day. When I got sleepy, I’d lay down with my pig (in a clean pin) and take a nap, using her as a pillow. Learn true, unconditional, love from a farm and your “pet” which turned into dinner down the road. Sad yes, but it prepares you for death as well, in a way.

  27. You learn to use the rescources available to have fun…like fishing in the nearby pond in the summer and its your ice skating rink in the winter….That a watering trough becomes a luxurious swimming pool in the heat of the summer…..and the long walk down the gravel road to and from the school bus is your exercise gym..and a tire swing is your playground….and that times may change but one cherishes these kind of childhood memories living in a farm.

  28. Havering a farm business growing up you learn to have respect, and a need to help make your place of work a success. To want to give it your best, to be responsible.

  29. “We’re so far behind we’ll never get caught up!” Because “there’s always more to do than we’ll get done”.

  30. I loved all of your tips- especially number three. I grew up on a farm and every time I talk to my friends about where I am from I realize I can’t really stop. The only one that is a little iffy for me is number six. I mean yes, you do have to learn to be tough, but that doesn’t mean you never cry. In fact, you can cry a lot. Being a farmer can be very difficult. Especially if the weather is not good.

  31. You missed the most important one, and that is the morals you learn how to treat someone and how to thank go for the harvest and hoping for a great one next year.

  32. I think it would be amazing to raise my kids on a farm. I would love to teach my kids that principle of patience that you speak of. I will have to talk it through with my husband and see if there is even a possibility of us raising our sweet children on a farm.

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