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How I Became Facebook Farmer, While Living on a Real Farm

The author discovers that when you have an old family farm to rehab, the fast-paced fantasy of FarmVille seems even more tempting.

How I Became  Facebook Farmer, While Living on a Real Farm

A Facebook farm doesn't get your hands dirty.

RODALE NEWS, PINE GROVE, PA—Sunday is supposed to be the day of rest, but for a farmer, there's always work to be done. Yesterday, for instance, before the clock even struck noon, I had already collected the wool from a small flock of sheep and a trio of angora rabbits; hunted truffles with the help of my pigs; harvested plums, cherries, figs, lemons, bananas, and apples from the orchard; gathered eggs from the clucking farm chickens; and managed to milk chocolate milk from—get this—a brown cow. I did all this in my pajamas without breaking a sweat, my eyes feverishly fixed to the computer screen as my pointer finger did most of the work, clicking away on the mouse.

I live on a real-life 70-acre farm at the base of the Appalachian Mountains in Pennsylvania, a beautiful plot of land that has been in my family for four generations. But somehow I've been sucked into virtual farming, as an addict of Facebook's FarmVille game. It's a very basic application that allows me to plant anything, from bananas and blueberries to artichokes and squash, in complete disregard for real-life concerns like climate, soil type, or growing season. I can invite Facebook friends to farm alongside me, people who wouldn't put hoe to dirt on my real farm even if I paid them. Online, we often share gifts like fruit trees or ducks to help each other expand our farms. In FarmVille, there's never any bad weather, pesky bugs, or plant diseases, or any need to plan crop rotations. No, it's not very realistic. But as I compare what's on my computer screen with what I see through my window, I realize that FarmVille's simplicity is what makes it such a great escape. FarmVille is a fun way to reconnect with old friends, and make new ones, and although it's virtual, it's cool that farming is what's sparking people's interest and bringing us all together.


Published on: August 17, 2009

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I've been sucked into practical undeveloped, as an aficionado of Face book’s Farmville amusement. It's a very elementary compliance that agree to me to plant no matter which, from out of control and blueberries to artichokes and squeeze life facebook status

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I laughed and enjoyed your "confession" to being an addict to virtual farming. You see, I,too, am a farming addict. However, I am addicted to Farm Town, also on Facebook. I dearly wish that i was able to be out rehabing an old farm but never will be. My dreams are put there in Farm Town where the planting is easy and apple trees flourish beside banana trees. rice grows alongside pineapples and corn. I call it therapy for my soul. So if you go to Farm Town, look me up. I'll be there even if I am at level 34 with no more room for growing bigger, you will see me watering zinia's and redesigning the fields. Oh, also, I never grow old there either.

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The Mad Farmer Liberation Front
by Wendell Berry

One of the articles in Reclaiming Politics (IC#30)
Fall/Winter 1991, Page 62
Copyright (c)1991, 1996 by Context Institute | To order this issue ...

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.

So, friends, every day do something
that won't compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.
Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
has not encountered he has not destroyed.

Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millenium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.
Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.

Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion - put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.
So long as women do not go cheap
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep
of a woman near to giving birth?

Go with your love to the fields.
Lie down in the shade. Rest your head
in her lap. Swear allegiance
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos
can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it. Leave it as a sign
to mark the false trail, the way
you didn't go. Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.


You should check out FarmTown.... Once you get as far as you can on Farmville

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