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PostTwo Gentlemen Farmers: Battaglia and Guimaraes (Tor Guimaraes, USA, 01/08/18 4:34 am)
I envy Eugenio Battaglia's family set-up based on his olive groves. I have bought a small farm for my kids and my son-in-law manages it. He has about 40 head of beef cattle, honey bees, chickens, and a few pigs. It is a lot of fun for the next-generation kids, who think they are at Disney World.
I grew up in a farm (that explains a lot about me, eh?) and had a fantastic time helping my dad with cattle and crops (corn, rice, beans, soy beans, etc.). I am half Portuguese and at least one-fourth Italian, but my Italian genes have taken over, and I love it.
Before I get too old I would love to visit Eugenio for a few days to help with the farm, if he would have me. Based on past experience, I bet it is a lot of hard but emotionally rewarding work. Of course, also I would be tickled to death if Eugenio would come to visit me for a few days to practice my Italian. One way or the other, I imagine it would be great fun.
JE comments: Absolutely. The joys of the gentleman (and gentlewoman) farming go back at least to Jefferson. Or to Horace and his Beatus ille? I'm very bourgeois and travel too much to take on the responsibility, although I'd also appreciate a few days of fresh Savona air with Eugenio Battaglia. Roy Domenico is the only colleague I'm aware of who has spent time Eugenio's groves, and he reminded us that olive farming is very hard work.
Is your farm near your house, Tor? And if I may pry, does your enterprise make money, or at least break even? Please don't take offense at the question, but you are an economist and your answer will be of interest to WAISers.