Time management is most definitely a contributing factor to efficiency on the farm. But during the winter, we pretty much have to give up on that idea! So much time goes into keeping the lane, and access to the barn and feed clear, that it feels as if very little else gets done this time of year.
Not only is farm income low for most farm businesses, but expenses are higher in rural areas than in town, especially when it comes to heat and snow clearing. Imagine paying $20-$25 per snow clearing 5 or so days a week, if you don’t have your own tractor! I hope you are not thinking; ‘well move into town then,’ because who then is going to grow your food?
Just for fun, I am posting a collage of photos of pre-Christmas snow conditions just south of the Georgian Bay. We went 48 hours without snow clearing because, first of all, the highway accessing the area was closed, secondly, my car was parked on the road, and third, the drifts were too high for a V-blade on a snow machine to manage. This means hiring local farmers to help. In front of my place, a 3 foot high drift at least 6 feet wide closed the road. Those who have lived in the area all their lives say that this is what storms used to be like in the 70’s, except they didn’t usually happen before Christmas. It’s all kinda fun, …. for a wee bit! Especially when the foreman comes out to help. That’s what community is all about – rural living at its best!