So God Made a Farmer – Paul Harvey

So God Made a Farmer – Paul Harvey

And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker”

— so God made a Farmer.

God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper, then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board”

— so God made a Farmer.

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“I need somebody with arms strong enough to rustle a calf and yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild; somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry, have to wait lunch until his wife’s done feeding visiting ladies, then tell the ladies to be sure and come back real soon — and mean it”

— so God made a Farmer.

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God said, “I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt, and watch it die, then dry his eyes and say, ‘Maybe next year.’ I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire, who can make harness out of haywire, feed sacks and shoe scraps; who, planting time and harvest season, will finish his forty-hour week by Tuesday noon, and then pain’n from tractor back,’ put in another seventy-two hours”

— so God made a Farmer.

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God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain clouds, and yet stop in mid-field and race to help when he sees the first smoke from a neighbor’s place

— so God made a Farmer.

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God said, “I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bails, yet gentle enough to tame lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink-combed pullets, who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the broken leg of a meadow lark.”

It had to be somebody who’d plow deep and straight and not cut corners; somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk and replenish the self-feeder and finish a hard week’s work with a five-mile drive to church; somebody who would bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh, and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when his son says that he wants to spend his life “doing what dad does”

— so God made a Farmer.

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Paul Harvey, ‘So God Made a Farmer Speech’ to the FFA delivered November 1978, Kansas City, MO.

Press Release: New Vintage Tractors Artwork

Vintage Tractors artwork
Vintage Tractors artwork

Vintage Tractors

September 14th, 2016 – Etna, NH

New vintage tractor artwork. Photographer and visual artist Edward M. Fielding ( has just release a new artwork in his popular series of vintage tractor photographs, paintings and art.

Fielding says, “I now have close to 100 photographs and artworks in my Vintage Tractors portfolio. I’m a a big fan of these farming workhorses, really the most important machine on any farm. I’m especially fond of the old reliable equipment that family farmers keep in good shape. Some of restored as a piece of history and become as pampered as a classic car but I see a lot of these old tractors in use around the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire where I live.

At local fairs you can see vintage tractor clubs displaying their pride and joys but I really get excited when I see one of these beauties cutting hay in a neighbor’s field or pulling a trailer float at a local Fourth of July parade.”

The newest artwork is an acrylic painting effect created using an original photograph of a row of vintage tractors recently found on Prince Edward Island in Canada. Fielding just returned from a photography exploration of the island from its rural seaside farms and countryside to the red sand beaches and lighthouses.

This vintage tractor artwork can be purchase as a framed and matted print, metal print, canvas or printed and rolled in a tube for framing locally. Canvas prints are available all the way up to huge sofa sized 60.00″ x 33.75″ prints for maximum impact.

To see the entire collection of Vintage Tractor photographs, artwork, t-shirts, paintings and more visit –



tractor is an engineering vehicle specifically designed to deliver a high tractive effort (or torque) at slow speeds, for the purposes of hauling a trailer or machinery used in agriculture or construction. Most commonly, the term is used to describe a farm vehicle that provides the power and traction to mechanize agricultural tasks, especially (and originally) tillage, but nowadays a great variety of tasks. Agricultural implements may be towed behind or mounted on the tractor, and the tractor may also provide a source of power if the implement is mechanized.

Tractor Photography Season

A favorite photography subject: Tractors

Tractor photography season is here, at least that’s how I see it.  I live in a rural area of New Hampshire near the Vermont boarder and one thing we have plenty of is tractors and nice old vintage tractors.  These are not museum pieces although we have those also on display at the Tunbridge World’s Fair and the Cornish County Fair and other places around the area.  Clubs dedicated to restoring and preserving old tractors.

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But beyond the museum pieces we have a lot of great old farm equipment in use in the hay fields and pastures around the region.  Beautiful old beasts, some in great shape, others coaxed into working condition with a squirt of oil and a kick to the carburetor.

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I’ve come to know several of these great old farm machines as they move around the neighborhood plowing this field one week and another the next week.  Some of the old Ford machines have nice rounded bonnets that remind me of art deco styling in their blue and white two tone paint jobs.  The John Deere’s sport their famous green and yellow colors while the MF’s wear a coat of red paint.  No to be confused by the really one machines covered in rust.


Newer machines seem to be eye popping orange or bright red or that green/yellow combination.  One thing you can tell by looking in the yard of a local farmer is the brand loyality.  These beasts of the fields seem to last forever and if they ever are retired usually they are added to the line up in the back 40 or out by the utility barn.  Maybe they’ll be scavenged for parts or be restored at some later date if there is any time left after a busy day working the farm but one thing seems for certain, its tough to get a loyal customer to switch brands, at least by the look of things.

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1899 Barn Cupola Ely, Vermont

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Barn Cupola on a 117 Year Old Barn

Vermont and indeed all of our rural areas across the country are slowly losing their historic barns.  These structures build and raised by hand (no machinery was available to do the heavy lifting), were built for use and have with stood all that nature can throw at it.  Wind, rain, snow, insects, rot, moister and just plain usage.

As family farming has declined, so has the use for these old barns and the time and expense needed keep them in shape.  In today’s world, its easier and cheaper to throw up a new barn or a modern plastic hoop or metal structure ordered from an Internet site rather than build a majestic barn with the help of your neighbors.

This old barn in Ely, Vermont has a date on it.  Way up on the cupola you can see a sign that reads 1899.  Imagine all of the things this old structure has witnessed.  The current state of the barn is abandonment.  There is still a farm around the barn but the barn its self is not used and is surrounded by overgrown vegetation.  There is even a vine growing nearly to the top of its silos.

I’ve visited this beautiful old barn over the year but on a recent trip I tried something different.  Rather than photographing the whole structure with a wide angel lens, this time I tried a 70-300 lens and worked at capturing some of the details.  I had plenty of sunshine and a sturdy tripod so I was able to shoot at f22 with a nice shutter speed of around 100.  I was really happy with the results.  The photograph of the cupola captured plenty of details and the dynamic range of the RAW file allowed me to bring out all of the texture of the old wood in post processing.

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In architecture, a cupola /ˈkjuːpələ/ is a small, most often dome-like, structure on top of a building. Often used to provide a lookout or to admit light and air, it usually crowns a larger roof or dome.


The word derives, via Italian, from the lower Latin cupula (classical Latin cupella from the Greek κύπελλον kupellon) “small cup” (Latin cupa) indicating a vault resembling an upside down cup.

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The cupola is a development during the Renaissance of the oculus, an ancient device found in Roman architecture, but being weatherproof was superior for the wetter climates of northern Europe.[citation needed] The chhatri, seen in Indian architecture, fits the definition of a cupola when it is used atop a larger structure.

Cupolas often appear as small buildings in their own right. They often serve as a belfry, belvedere, or roof lantern above a main roof. In other cases they may crown a spire, tower, or turret. Barns often have cupolas for ventilation.

More New England Barns

More barn photography by Edward M. Fielding

Postcards from New Hampshire

Video Postcards from New Hampshire

With summer like weather lately, I decided to strike when the skies were clear and hit the road around rural New Hampshire this week and grab some photographs and a bit of video for my stock video collection on Shutterstock as well has create some promotional videos.

The above video features some rural scenes from around the Upper Valley, White Mountains and Lakes Regions of New Hampshire.  New Hampshire doesn’t have one single feature that you can put your finger on and say “Oh that’s New Hampshire”, rather its the sum of its parts, a small but vibrant sea coast region around Portsmouth and Rye, the lakes region dominated by the large body of water known as Lake Winnipesaukee, the Upper Connecticut River Valley with Hanover, home to Dartmouth College and other compact villiage towns and the mountain region of The White Mountain National Forest.

Tucked in and around the region are small family farms, quaint country stores, covered bridges, wildlife, hiking trails, recreational trails, mountains, forests, camping, history and more.  There might not be one single thing to describe New Hampshire with but its the sum of its parts and the totality of outdoors activities you can find here.  Now wonder so many people from the congested Boston area head to New Hampshire on the weekends.  New Hampshire has room to breath in the fresh air.

My photographs and artwork from around New Hampshire and the entire New England region can be seen and purchased as prints and products at my portfolio –

Barns of Etna New Hampshire

This video presents some of the classic New England red barns you can see in Etna, New Hampshire.  Etna is the rural, laid back part of Hanover, NH and is popular with bikers, cross country skiiers, joggers and even Back Country Tours.  The Appalachian Trail runs through both downtown Hanover and rural Etna.

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the A.T., is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. The trail is approximately 2,200 miles (3,500 km)[a] long, though the precise length changes over time as parts are modified or rerouted. The trail passes through the states of Georgia, North Carolina,Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

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Classic New England red barn in color pencil effect from an original photograph by Edward M. Fielding –
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A beautiful old red barn found along Route 10 or the Dartmouth College Highway which runs along the Connecticut River on the New Hampshire side.

Tractors: How to photograph tractors with examples

Since I live in a rural area of New Hampshire, close to Vermont, tractors are common subject for me to find and photograph.  Is there a right way and a wrong way to photograph tractors?  Of course not.  Like anything related to creative arts, its up to the artist to choose how they want to portray the subject of tractors.

Examples of Tractor Photographs

Here are some examples from my portfolio of vintage tractors available for purchase as prints, framed and mated art, canvas prints, acrylic prints and more via –

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This square cropped shot of a tractor in a field gives just enough information about the scene to understand its in a field at the edge of a forest.

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This old photograph of the old retired tractor in the shed takes a traditional Ansel Adams type approach with long dynamic range and deep depth of field. While not f64 view camera type of depth of field, this shot was taken on a very sturdy tripod with a very small aperture to capture all of the detail of the scene in crisp resolution. The viewer is left to admire the fine details and all of the beautiful texture and junk around the scene. The subject is place dead center allowing the view to gaze into the middle of the symmetrical drivers seat and wheel of the tractor.

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In contrast to the previous tractor photograph, this one uses a shallow depth of field to blur out the busy background. Notice too that main focal point, the weather and rusty grill on the tractor is composed off center to add interest.

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This sunset photograph of an old John Deere tractor in a hay field uses a wide angle lens to distort the large tire nearest to the lens and add depth to the scene with the dairy barn in the background.

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A foggy morning and soft muted colors set the mood in this tractor photograph taken in Lyme, New Hampshire.

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New – Farm Life Photography Posters

New to Dogford Studios is a series of photograph poster prints for sale dealing with the subject matter of farm life in the Upper Valley, Vermont, New Hampshire as well as images from as far away as Prince Edward Island, Canada, Upstate New York and Montana among other rural areas.  Vintage tractors in the field, old family farms, abandoned falling down barns as well as going concerns harvesting and baling hay.  Hardworking New England dairy farms to gentleman farms of the idle rich.

An old rusty vintage truck sits under a flowering apple tree.  A pair of towering silos remind us of a farming way of life that has changed so much.  A vintage tractor still in use turns over soil on a hill side in Stowe, Vermont.

A vintage tractor on a hill in Stowe, Vermont

Part of an ongoing series of fine art photographs of farm life around New England and Upstate New York by photographer Edward M. Fielding featuring scenes of country and rural life including landscapes, barns, farms, agricultural scenes, livestock, buildings, farm houses, crops, fields, silos, back roads, country lanes and everyday life in Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine, New York and beyond.

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An old rusty farm truck under a flowering apple tree in Quechee, Vermont.

Edward M. Fielding is an award winning artist whose fine art photography can be seen Internationally on the pages of magazines and book covers as well as in galleries and private collections in the New England region.

A pair of old silos outside of Burlington, Vermont

Over 3,500 images from Edward M. Fielding are also available as framed and matted artwork, metal prints, canvas prints and more via his portfolio on at:

Farming Jokes and Quotes


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A collection of farming jokes and quotes sponsored by Edward M. Fielding’s collection of farming and country life photography and artwork.

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Agriculture is the earliest and most honorable of arts. (Rousseau)
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The country life is to be preferred, for there we see the works of God; but in cities little else but the works of men. And the one makes a better subject for contemplation than the other. (William Penn)

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Don’t shoot the I.R.S. man, just give him your ranch and in a few months he’ll shoot himself.

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The glory of the farmer is that, in the division of labors, it is his part to create. All trade rests at last on his primitive activity. He stands close to Nature; he obtains from the earth the bread and the meat. The food which was not, he causes to be. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

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He who marries a wife reared on the land marries strength and purity and compassion. (Beecher)

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I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods. (Wendell Berry)

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I wasn’t born on a farm, but I got here as fast as I could!

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Ironically, rural America has become viewed by a growing number of Americans as having a higher quality of life not because of what it has, but rather because of what it does not have! (Don A. Dillman)


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Man–despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments–owes his existence to a six inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.

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Question on a Department of Agriculture survey:
“Which pest gives me the most trouble?”
“That’s an easy one to answer–the Department of Agriculture!”

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Sun, soil and rain come together in Iowa as in no other state. Poet Robert Frost, who lived on New England’s rocky slopes, once looked at Iowa’s thick, black soil and said, “It looks good enough to eat without putting it through vegetables.”

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There is always a different, more kindly look in the eyes of women who live on the land.


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To life happily in the country one must have the soul of a poet, the mind of a philosopher, the simple needs of a hermit–and a good station wagon.


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To own a bit of ground, to scratch it with a hoe, to plant seeds, and watch the renewal of life–this is the commonest delight of the race, the most satisfactory thing a man can do. (Charles Dudley Warner)

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Wife to farmer as they return home at sunset:
“Thanks for a wonderful vacation, I enjoyed the whole day.”

Artwork for the Farm House

A collection of artwork curated for the country home.  Tractors, barns, scenes from an honest, simpler lifestyle.

The collection includes over 200 photographs and artwork from the New England area including Vermont and New Hampshire, rural, country scenes of a life that is disappearing and unknown to many today.  Fresh eggs, maple syrup, homemade pies and the scent of fresh cut hay and the sounds of dairy cows walking up to the old barn.

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Enjoy the images and poetry:


There once was a man from up Nord
Who invariably could be found on a Ford.
No Allis, no Deering, no Farmalls or Cases
And the Green ones he truely abhorred.
When he wasn’t fixing he was at YT mixing
with all of the great folks on the boards.

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There once was a farmer named rand.
He bought a tractor one day second hand.
He started to curse when it hung in reverse.
And unplowed an acre of land.

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The tractor stands frozen – an agony
To think of. All night
Snow packed its open entrails. Now a head-pincering gale,
A spill of molten ice, smoking snow,
Pours into its steel.
At white heat of numbness it stands
In the aimed hosing of ground-level fieriness.

It defied flesh and won’t start.
Hands are like wounds already
Inside armour gloves, and feet are unbelievable
As if the toe-nails were all just torn off.
I stare at it in hatred. Beyond it
The copse hisses – capitulates miserably
In the fleeing, failing light. Starlings,
A dirtier sleetier snow, blow smokily, unendingly, over
Towards plantations Eastward.
All the time the tractor is sinking
Through the degrees, deepening
Into its hell of ice.

The starting lever
Cracks its action, like a snapping knuckle.
The battery is alive – but like a lamb
Trying to nudge its solid-frozen mother –
While the seat claims my buttock-bones, bites
With the space-cold of earth, which it has joined
In one solid lump.

I squirt commercial sure-fire
Down the black throat – it just coughs.
It ridicules me – a trap of iron stupidity
I’ve stepped into. I drive the battery
As if I were hammering and hammering
The frozen arrangement to pieces with a hammer
And it jabbers laughing pain-crying mockingly
Into happy life.

And stands
Shuddering itself full of heat, seeming to enlarge slowly
Like a demon demonstrating
A more-than-usually-complete materialization –
Suddenly it jerks from its solidarity
With the concrete, and lurches towards a stanchion
Bursting with superhuman well-being and abandon
Shouting Where Where?

Worse iron is waiting. Power-lift kneels
Levers awake imprisoned deadweight,
Shackle-pins bedded in cast-iron cow-shit.
The blind and vibrating condemned obedience
Of iron to the cruelty of iron,
Wheels screeched out of their night-locks –

Among the tormented
Tonnage and burning of iron

Weeping in the wind of chloroform

And the tractor, streaming with sweat,
Raging and trembling and rejoicing.

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“I bought an old tractor all dusty and worn
Knew nothing about her just the year she was born
I washed her and greased her and painted her red
Now she lives happily right here in my shed.”
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Specializing in artwork and photography with a farming theme.

This old tractor comes to visit a hay meadow near my home twice a summer to cut the hay. Who knows how long this old work horse has been in service. These machines sit outside in the weather half the time but they seem to live forever.

So, out back lie iron hunks of metal
That once was the heart of the farm.
Tractors and old trucks in their former glory
Just waiting to be restored and remind us of their story.

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Artwork for the farming themed home or a reminder of the simpler life for city folk:

Farm Artwork

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This page of fine farming related artwork is dedicated to the hard working men and woman of America who keep us fed. I’m lucky enough to live in a rural area where I can buy fresh eggs, milk and meat from my neighbors and I enjoy living a little be vicariously through them when I visit to photograph their beautiful old barns, rolling landscapes, enter a corn maze, buy a pumpkin, pick some apples or watch the cows. But I certainly respect the hard work these people put into their livelihood and their land.

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Its through their efforts that not only do we get some great fresh food, but their dedication to the land also preserves the open space we enjoy on our little trips out to the country. Farming is more of a lifestyle than a job. There are not vacations. If you go to the county fair, you bring your animals along with you. Winter storm blowing driving snow in at 20 below? Too bad, you still have to kick off the covers and get out to milk the cows.

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A farm is an area of land that is devoted primarily to agricultural processes or an area of water that is devoted primarily to agricultural processes in order to produce and manage such commodities as fibers, grains, livestock, dairy, or fuel. It is the basic production facility in food production.


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Many of the farms in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire offer CSA programs. What is a CSA? CSA Stands for Community Supported Agriculture

CSA allows city residents to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers.

When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables from a regional farmer. Weekly or bi-weekly, from June until October or November, your farmer will deliver that share of produce to a convenient drop-off location in your neighborhood.

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Local farmers markets are another great way to buy from local farms as well as shopping local in your supermarket. Choose products produced locally including eggs, cheese, butter and milk that are produced nearby instead of shipped in from other regions.

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Buy Local — Support yourself: Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community. Buy from your neighbors and support your local economy!

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Available as a t-shirt, sweatshirt, throw pillow, art print, canvas and more! Eat local, think global. Support your local farmers and reduce pollution by buying locally grown food.

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