Excerpt from The Book of the Farm, Vol. 1: Detailing the Labors of the Farmer, Steward, Plowman, Hedger, Cattle-Man, Shepherd, Field-Worker, and Dairymaid
Operations ere they arrive, and arrange every minutia of labor as it is re quired. Many of the events of the first year, which had left no adequate impression of their importance on his memory, crowd upon his observa 'tion in the second, as essential components of recognized operations. A familiar recognition of events tends, in a rapid degree, to enlarge the sphere of experience and to inspire confidence in one's own judgment; and this quality greatly facilitates the acquisition of foresight.
Let it not be imagined by those who have never passed through the perplexing ordeals incident to the first year of farming, that I have de scribed them in strong colors, in order to induce to the belief that farming is an art more difficult of attainment than it really is. So far is this from being the case, I may safely appeal to the experience of every person who had attained manhood before beginning to learn farming, whether I have not truly depicted his own condition at the outset of his professional ca reer. So that every young man learning farming must expect to meet with those difficulties.
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