What I’ve Learned About Life From Working On A Farm

On May 28, 2014

My first official post is live on the Kind Blog!!!

It’s a post I’ve been thinking about for a very long time.  I want to do a lot more around this subject and interview other farmers and people who work in agriculture to find out what they’ve learned about life through working on a farm.  I’m a firm believer that the people who dedicate their lives to the earth (rather than their iThings) develop a deeper wisdom about life, and what really matters.

But to start with, here are some of the things I’ve learned (in my few short years of) working on farms


Three years ago I started working on a farm because I needed a reason to get out of the city more often. I crave nature the way some people crave chocolate. Instead of a bimonthly binge, I figured a weekly indulgence would be healthier.

My original intention with farming was to cultivate a practice of patience, something I lacked in my turbo-charged, urban, entrepreneurial life. In New York City everything was supposed to happen five minutes ago. On a farm, everything happens in due time.

It’s been a few years now and I’m still no Buddha, but I have picked up some bits of wisdom along the way…


1. You can plan all you want but you have no control. This never-ending winter was a shining example. Life happens, you just have to roll with it!

2. There’s no such thing as “having it all figured it out.” Every day, every month, every year is a learning process. No two seasons are the same. On the farm and in life, everything is constantly changing and there is always something to learn.

3. Nothing is for nothing. On a sustainable farm, nothing goes to waste. In life, everything can be a teacher.

4. It’s the little things. Everything on a farm started as a tiny little seed. With love, time and attention those little things grow into incredible things.

5. All living things are resilient. People. Plants. We are all designed to survive.

6. Nature is nature. Chickens are chicken (easily scared). Sheep are sheep (followers). Pigs are pigs (messy). Humans are humans (fallible). All animals have a nature. So why fight it? We’re just human.

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One Response to “What I’ve Learned About Life From Working On A Farm”

  • When I read this blog I immediately felt a sense of the tranquility Health Coach Quinn was describing and put my jammed packed day into perspective.

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