re Farming in the heat
boonies at lcix.net
Tue Jun 11 00:40:06 EDT 2002
Funny, I was just out there farming in the heat and thinking about the same things...
When it gets this hot I also do the "start early and take a midday break" routine. Starting early means sunrise, before 6:00 a.m. I come in for a short breaks every so often, then take a long lunch break from about twelve to about two. I don't make the teenagers who sometimes help me stay out too long, they aren't used to the sun. I think that people who are constantly out in the sun and heat build up a high tolerance, and we can stay out there longer than others.
My kids definitely prefer to work in the evenings, and I can get a lot more out of them then!
(I just can't convince them to get out there at 6:00 a.m....)
If I hire a teenager to pick beans or such, I tell them to come before 9:00 or after 7:00 pm, they are much more likely to come back again.
Berry Brook Farm
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