Farming is a hard, beautiful, amazing and sad thing. One of the things that makes it so wonderful are the kind and helpful people you meet along the way.
I've been fortunate to meet some great folks, some farming/homesteading on a broader scale, some smaller or about the same. . .and so many that have been helpful, kind and folks who have given me a real sense of the community that many must have
been privy to many years ago in small towns full of people living a similar lifestyle. There are people I greatly appreciate for what they do, how they do it and how helpful they have been to me over and over. . . then there are those who have been helpful or great for information and just an overall learning experience between the each other like Wild Pilgrim Farmstead - even though we don't know them in person. I've been so delighted with most of my buyers - most have become friends, and watching these people strike off into farming or growing in their new breed of livestock. . . has been one of the most rewarding things. . . Those are the farmers and homesteaders/farmstead folks I appreciate so much!
However, sadly, in the small farming community, at least in this area, there is more maliciousness, pettiness, jealously and mean spirited behavior than I've ever seen in any other area in my life. Cruel, backbiting thoughtlessness. . .and also a level of childishness not rivaled, that I know of, in any other walk of life I've seen - not even rescue, which is shocking, if you know how bad that can be.
It is so sad to see any success hated by others over and over. I speak from personal experience. Those who know me, know I am kind and helpful to the point of silliness. . .but I want to see people do well, have learned many things the hard way, and I know of what I speak - no one must listen and every bit will not apply to all farmer folks, but some will. . . and I am so tired of the childish, petty and mean-spirited nature of too many out there "farmin" and "homesteading" - This shouldn't be a competition.
Do what you do, do it well, have goals, offer quality in all you do, DO it right - Your quality of livestock, baked goods, meats, produce and otherwise SHOULD speak in it own 'unique' way and you SHOULD be able to appreciate others doing things in a kind, ethical way.
Advice and helpful tips, even if you think they do not apply to you, have been hard- learned by the giver, usually, as a general rule, by those giving it in an effort to help, and hatefulness, in response to those efforts, hardly makes one look good. Okay - off the soap box. :)