I live in Canada, and have farmed strawberry's and blueberry's both for personal use and industrial. I've worked in a tomato/cucumber/pepper green house. I've worked at a dairy and beef farms. I own sheep, goats and chickens and have owned cows. I've worked in a slaughter house. i am 18 i can answer almost any question about milk, beef, lamb, chicken, mutton, blueberry's, strawberry's, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers

I have no idea if people have any interest in how there food is produced or not but after i saw a janitor made it to the front page I thought why not

EDIT: I can also answer questions you may have about Canada or Nova Scotia.

EDIT: I hope this proves Im legit http://imgur.com/GsC2z

also.. FRONT PAGE LOL this is awesome http://imgur.com/eV38J EDIT:id like to point out I don't own a large farm we have a small hobby farm, my experience is working for big time farmers and what not

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[deleted]1608 karma

Are you outstanding in your field?

FelineFrisky1597 karma

No, he's not a scarecrow.

isenorcj907 karma


great_cornholio_131347 karma

Is driving a tractor slowly on the road as fun as I always assumed it would be?

isenorcj1498 karma

yes it is.

isenorcj473 karma

although on one occasion i did fall off the back of a tractor while it was traveling down the road at about 40kmh or 25mph, i broke my arm and was off for the rest of the season

JamEngulfer221220 karma

So, how exactly how did you fall off of the tractor?

isenorcj385 karma

well, i'm not sure if you have ever seen the back of a blue berry harvester but you'll get the idea if you Google "blueberry harvester" i was standing on the platform on the back and reorganizing boxes on the back when my friend driving hit a bump knocking me off

Maddjonesy373 karma

funny looking "tractor"

isenorcj257 karma

oh that's for high bush blue berry this is the one im taking about http://imgur.com/eV38J but you cat see the back in this picture

vonschnauser593 karma

Do you smoke pot?

isenorcj1288 karma

lol yes i'm Canadian :P

vonschnauser335 karma

Basically every farmer I've ever known smokes it. I'm from a fairly rural town and went to school with like 15-20 kids that lived/worked on farms. Pretty much all of them started smoking eventually.

isenorcj529 karma

well i couldn't say i smoke because im a farmer but there are defiantly people who do, i don't do drugs at work i feel that i wouldn't be able to give my best afford

ILL_Show_Myself_Out163 karma

"Have you ever tried farmin' NOT high? Boring as shit!"

PuroMichoacan145 karma

"Dude, this strawberries taste like red"

isenorcj227 karma

kinda off topic but one time while working in a strawberry field i met another employee that was deathly allergic to eating strawberry's her job? pick strawberry's

NinjaDiscoJesus334 karma

why did all my tomatoes die this year?

isenorcj353 karma

well, there are a lot of factors involved. tomatoes don't like the cold so that's the first thing that comes to mind. I know in the green house we worked at they never let it get below 20c or 68f but they can stand a little colder then that. could that be the issue?

NinjaDiscoJesus137 karma

No it was a good summer.. different types of tomatoes maybe.. but my primary concern is some sort of problem in the glass.. they went mouldy very quickly..

isenorcj168 karma

how big is it? and how/was it ventilated?

SupermanV2260 karma

EDIT: OP has provided proof!

isenorcj195 karma

thanks, I kinda new to Reddit do i just put my name or what?

SupermanV2118 karma

Then welcome aboard! A photo of you on your farm, and one of you holding a piece of paper with your username on it will work.

isenorcj152 karma

so I have a tax return from from working in the straw berry fields a check from stokdijk greenhouses and a letter fro the work place health and safety from when i broke my arm at the blue berry farm i can take a picture of my self on the family farm.... oh and and there's a picture of me super hung over at work past out on the back of the harvester.. would that suffice?

isenorcj50 karma

hows this sorry for bad quality http://imgur.com/GsC2z

anonymous12342117 karma

Usually legal documents (tax returns or whatever, for you maybe union documents if those apply, I have no idea) are good. Or, you know, a picture of you on the farm holding a piece of paper saying "Hi reddit!"

You can black out your name and other details if you're going the legal route.

isenorcj35 karma

ok lol wow so i have to find proof of everything ill hae a look around

Brigitte_Bardough194 karma

what do you use for pesticides/herbicides/fertilizer?

isenorcj269 karma

on my own garden I don't use any, except for the occasional potato bug powder. for blueberry's we used roundup on the field to kill off everything then the blueberry's grow back in the next year. and i am not sure what the pesticide used in the green house was called, but i do know that they did not do it on a regular basis it was only when the insects got out of hand

Marylandman101144 karma

how do you learn to be a farmer?

isenorcj229 karma

I have had a lot of mentoring. everyone i worked for knows what they are doing and pass there knowledge to me. But when my dad started he learned on his own. I know he read a lot books but of course that was before the internet now I'm sure you could find every thing you need to start you own farm right here on the computer.

dontlemmedown85 karma

Do you have any plans for the future? College, owning your own farm, etc?

isenorcj172 karma

most likely college. to get into farming is ridiculously expensive you will never make back what it costs

Ititmore28 karma

For a guy like me who dreams of being a farmer, what would you suggest I do as my first step?

isenorcj69 karma

try to get experience. it takes a lot of smarts to run a farm

baculaat143 karma

How many hours a day do you work? What time do you get up?

isenorcj228 karma

well for blue berry's i worked about 13 hours a day. from as soon as the plants are dry tell dark. you cant work un-tell the dew has dried so that means I don't have to get up that early but its a very long day

eks77 karma

But that's not the entire year, right? Are there seasons, months or weeks you simply don't work at all?

How do you compare your work with a city office cubicle work?

isenorcj175 karma

right well Im a student so i only need seasonal work. its hard work but id rather work with my hand then be in a cubical. they've done studys that show any kind of physical activity can help burn off stress where as working in a cubical could be stressful with no way to burn it off. im just happy i get to get a tan at work, even if it is a farmers tan lol

jenniferjuniper50 karma

no it's not the entire year... there are "Seasons" for different fruits/veggies, and you have to work quick once things are ripe. I used to pick berries as a teenager for extra money, and man I loved when it rained the night before cause that meant I couldn't pick strawberries till at least noon. YAY FOR SLEEPING IN!

isenorcj69 karma

hahah exactly, thats something i didnt like about the green house :( no sleeping in ever :P

Itsmeagainmom102 karma

What's your preferred way to slaughter strawberries?

isenorcj198 karma

smoothy :)

Ouly96 karma

Have you ever grown marijuana?

isenorcj161 karma

yes, but i didn't have much time to attended to them and my soil was to acidic so they died

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isenorcj196 karma

farmville seems an obscene wast of time to me. The whole thing is a gimmick to make you buy Facebook gold in my opinion as for the other questions I'm only 18 I haven't graduated high school yet. i plan on taking either electrical engineering or maybe software programming although i hear a lot of jobs in software programming are getting out-sourced.

Inspector_783 karma

Where do you get your seeds, and how much do they cost?

isenorcj98 karma

as a person growing my own garden or as a green house ordering on a large scale?

Inspector_768 karma

Both. Do quantities of the seed order determine where you buy them from?

isenorcj111 karma

yes, if i want to buy seeds for my own garden i would just go to the closest co-op and they have everything i would need. where as the green house ordered truckloads of already sprouted plants and cloned them. one tomatoes plant will last an entire season and grow to be 30 feet long

alibabwa25 karma

Can you clarify some about the cloning? Are you saying you grow the tomato plants, harvest seeds once mature, then plant those seeds?

Also, seriously? One tomato plant lasting a whole season, and thirty feet tall? I planted my tomato plants in March (central Texas) and by the end of July they looked like total shit. Of course, they worked hard giving me baskets and baskets of delicious tomatoes, so I can't blame them.

Edit: Just realized you are in Canada, therefore do have a significantly shorter growing season.

isenorcj34 karma

yes but that is in a indoor heated green house and they don't gow that high with out some promoting

BrutusHFX57 karma

Oxford, Nova Scotia?

Blueberries was my tip off...

isenorcj91 karma

well all of our berry's are sold to a manufacture in oxford but the farm is in a small town close to Kennetcook

BrutusHFX55 karma

Ah, I see. Thanks from a Haligonian who has probably eaten some of your berries before!

isenorcj64 karma

hahaha awesome, we sell some at the farmers market

BrutusHFX46 karma

Im actually about to head down there. MMMMM berry goodness.

isenorcj38 karma

unfortunately none will be there this week :/ they stopped cleaning them for the season but next year if you see any in a blue and whit box marked courthouse hill family farms that us

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isenorcj49 karma

hahahah well its only 2;13 now so it will be a few hours

theriogenology43 karma

If you could be anything besides a farmer, what would you be?

isenorcj58 karma

well, I'm only 18 I haven't graduated high school yet. i plan on taking either electrical engineering or maybe software programming although i hear a lot of jobs in software programming are getting out-sourced.

stempel59 karma

I hate to be that guy, but I saw so many people fail out of the engineering course at my university because they were doing it purely for job prospects. Do what you love to do and work hard at it. Successful software engineers didn't get into their field because there were an abundance of high paying jobs. They did it because they were passionate about it.

isenorcj16 karma

ahah you shouldnt hate to be the guy who give helpful up font advice

RB9434 karma

Have you played Farming Simulator?

isenorcj21 karma

I have not but i may try it if i have the time is it good?

ericineducation29 karma

How does farming differ across regions of Canada?

isenorcj55 karma

well on the east coast, its a lot cooler we get more rain and a lot more snow then the west coast. so the west coast like bc can grow crops that like a warmer climate its kinda like the California of Canada. central Canada is very very dry and flat and they grow mostly wheat.

ericineducation19 karma

Do you have huge "factory farms" in central Canada like we have in the central US? I'm from Vermont where we pride ourselves on small-scale, high-quality agriculture - are there similar areas in Canada?

isenorcj32 karma

In Nova Scotia and the east coast it is all small scale because of the number of people it would not make sense to ship the produce so far and i honestly don't know a lot about central Canada but i doubt it. i dont know if you have seen the documentary food inc but i assume that is the kind of thing you mean by factory farms and i haven't heard of any of those in Canada

eastern_canadient24 karma

This is not entirely true. There are huge industrial farms in central and western Canada. There are huge dairy farms in Quebec. Massive factory farms in alberta for beef. We have the same issues in Canada, its just not as apparent in Eastern Canada. Edit: spelling

isenorcj19 karma

yeah? thanks for clearing that up! i haven't traveled all that much and when i did i wasn't really in farm lands

puempy14 karma

How many family farms (no employees) are still around in Canada (and wherever else you know about), percentage wise?

isenorcj22 karma

parentage wise I'm not sure would say very very low at least in nova scotia i only know of a handful

evilwithasmile12 karma

What do you do when it rains and you can't do anything outside?

isenorcj33 karma

well in a green house it doesn't matter because its in doors and for blue berry's you get the day or at least in tell it stops raining off. for livestock you have to go rain or shine animals have to eat

dovahken8 karma

do milk selling farmers get screwed over by the supermarkets as much as they do here, in the UK?

isenorcj11 karma

yes. right now there is a mobster owned money laundering company called supoto that own Baxter and Baxter gets all the selves space and is cheaper then other brands