I ran into a guy today who seems to have this attitude when it comes to women and farming. He had come over last week to look at the irrigation equipment left by the people who recently moved out of our new farm. It seems the previous tenants took over half the irrigation pipe with them when they went . Anyway, this guy came to look things over and report back to the owners of the property so they can decide what to do about the guy who stole the stuff. He was giving us some advice and trying to be helpful, I guess. He was telling us that we can't do one thing or another, telling my husband he can't wear shorts out in the field and that farming isn't "cheap and easy like everyone thinks" . Gee, all this time I thought it was like walking on clouds made of rainbows and money rained down from the heavens! Today he came over again to let us know what the owners of the property said about the pipe and to give us some suggestions about the pasture. I know we are new to farming and there is a lot of stuff we don't know, but I hate being treated like an imbecile. My husband was busy talking with a potential customer when the guy arrived and I was at the farm next door. When I got back, I saw the guy waiting and went over to see what he needed. I said hello and asked if I could help him. He told me he was just waiting until my husband was done talking and that he wanted to give us some ideas of what to do with the pasture. I said he could tell me his suggestions. He paused a minute and then said... "Well, he looks like he's just about done with that lady so I'll wait and talk to him." I just said "OK", turned around and walked away. He must have realized he had offended me so he said "I'm sure you two are partners in this but...", and trailed off. If only he knew that I know more about farming than my husband. The guy just doesn't like that we are farming differently than he is (we are farming organically and with animals rather than plants), and keeps trying to convince us it can't be done. He thinks we are just city slickers who are out to make a quick buck.