Farm Glossary

Auction: A place where someone’s useless junk is exchanged for money and moves to another location. This process is repeated in approximately a decade.

Eclectic fence: We are all used to e-l-e-c-t-r-i-c fences. But an e-c-l-e-c-t-i-c fence is one which started as a perfectly spaced work of perimeter art consisting of a predictable pattern of fence posts and all strands consist of the same wire as the others. Over time, this fence has been repaired with a motley assortment of whatever was in the back of the pickup and now sports sections of twine, chain, several species of wire, splices, and temporary [permanent] posts. [See: header photo of this blog]

Gate: A hinged section of fence that is apparently very difficult to close. Open gates emit a noise that can attracts cows (but cannot be heard by anyone else) as far as a mile away.

Sweet corn: A favorite food of ear worms, raccoons, and cows….and, occasionally, the farm family.

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