One of the aspects of my job that I take very seriously is to better connect farmers and the industry that I am neck deep in every day with consumers that may hear my reports on the radio, carry a conversation with me in the grocery store or have a nice chat with me over my suburban backyard fence. There is never a lack of surprising comments when it comes to misconceptions about farmers.
One of those misconceptions that almost literally knocked me off of my feet was the theory that farmers are lazy. As one acquaintance put it, “they plant for 2 weeks and harvest for 2 weeks and that is all they have to worry about.”
If there is one word that I would never use to describe a farmer it would be lazy. In fact, when I found this article online it piqued my attention because the words “farmers” and “free time” are very rarely used in the same sentence.