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    Farmers’ “never do” list; success hints for anyone

    Secrets of the successful farmer, as revealed by the Brockville Recorder, November 11, 1836, might offer some hints for success in today’s world.

    A farmer should never undertake to cultivate more land than he can do thoroughly; half-tilled land is growing poorer; well-tilled land is constantly improving.

    A farmer should never keep more cattle, horses, sheep or hogs, than the can keep in good order; an animal in high order the first of December is already half wintered.

    A farmer never should depend on his neighbor for what he can by care and good management produce on his own farm; he should never beg fruit while he can plant trees, or borrow tools while he can make or buy; a high authority has said, a borrower is a servant to the lender.

    The farmer should never be so immersed in political matters, as to forget to sow his wheat, dig his potatoes and bank up his cellar; nor should he be so inattentive to them as to remain ignorant of those great questions of national and state policy, which will always agitate, more or less, a free people.

    A farmer should shun the doors of a bank, as he would the approach of the plague or Cholera; banks are for men of speculation, and theirs is a business with which farmers should have little to do.

    A farmer should never be ashamed of his calling; we know that no man can be entirely independent, yet the farmer should remember, that if any one can be said to posses that enviable distinction, he is the man.

    No farmer should allow the reproach of neglecting education to lie against himself or family; if knowledge is power, the beginning of it should be early and deeply laid in the District School.

    A farmer should never use ardent spirit as a drink; if, while undergoing severe fatigue, and the hard labors of the summer, he would enjoy robust health, let him be temperate in all things.

    A farmer never should refuse a fair price for any thing he wishes to sell; we have known a man who had several hundred bushels of wheat to dispose of, refuse 8s. because he wanted 8. 6d., and after keeping his wheat 6 months, was glad to get 6s. 6d. for it.

    A farmer should never allow his woodhouse to be emptied of wood during the summer months; if he does, when winter comes, in addition to the cold fingers, he must expect to encounter the chilling looks of his wife, and perhaps be compelled, in a series of lectures, to learn that the man who burns green wood has not mastered the ABC of domestic economy.

    A farmer never should allow windows to be filled up with red cloaks, tattered coats and old hats; if he does, he will most assuredly acquire the reputation of a man who tarries long at the whisky, leaving his wife and children to freeze or starve at home.

    There are three things of which the man who aims at the character of a prosperous farmer will never be niggardly—manure, tillage and seed; and there are three things of which he will never be too liberal—promises, time and credit.

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