I didn't grow up on a farm but in the country next to one where I would often help out--it was owned by my best friend and we live just off one of their pastures. Also I have several aunts and uncles that owned farms--I used to spend summers in S. MN working on them as well. Plus I was fortunate enough to be able to take enough ag courses in HS in spite of being in a college prep track--I did the 4-H to FFA thing. The point is I learned from adults as to when and how deep to plant seeds, how to prune fruit trees, how to properly sting fence, to raise, kill, and dress out animals and, generally, about what was required to grow food. As we as a population get further and further from these roots this knowledge is getting lost. Heck, even many of today's farm workers are nothing more than assembly line workers that know one phase of a corporate operation without having to know how everything works. I see it in the questions asked by many on this forum who presumably are well educated and thoughtful people, but woefully misinformed or naive. (I also see a lot of sharing of ignorance, which bothers me no end.) I hope by answering some of them I'm able to help and pass on some of those things I learned from my elders and through experience. Maybe before I and those others on here that have this knowledge to share finally bite the dust, we can leave something behind. I just worry that there isn't enough time.