Some days you live right.

I used to raise dairy goats.

So, years ago while working in Boston, I wandered out to Boston Common during lunch, in a jacket and tie. They were holding a Farm Fest sort of thing, right in front of the Ritz Carleton Hotel, and a milking contest was going on — live cows, farmers, hay, grain, milking stools, all of it. I got in line, and pretty soon the snickers began — from the farmers and spectators alike — as in, “Who’s this jerk think he is, entering a milking contest?”

I got to the stool and pail, and took my first squirts directly at the farmers. Next ones I directed into the snickering crowd. Then I beat their teats off and won the damn contest.

It doesn’t happen often.

About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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