Farm Discoveries


When my daughter was younger, we lived in an urban area of Florida where we rarely saw the farm animals you might encounter in many other areas of the United States. When she was 2 or 3, with eyes full of the curiosity that comes with discovering everything for the first time, we took a road trip through rural North Carolina. My wife and I took the opportunity to draw her attention to each potentially new thing we encountered. “There’s a bail of hay!” “That plant is cotton!” And so on. My wife excitedly pointed out a hillside where goats were grazing: “Look, goats! That family is lucky. The goats mow their lawn for them.” Without hesitation, my daughter replied with an obvious question, “How do the goats push the lawnmowers?”

(photo courtesy of Maggie Smith/

**Frank Taylor is a freelance writer and editor living in Western North Carolina, with his wife, children and too many cats. He worked for two decades in the newspaper industry, and has received awards for editorial writing and investigative reporting. Frank has a B.A. in history from Wheaton College of Illinois and is completing work on his master’s in journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.