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Pearl Sutton
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I had about 1.5 acres of my property brush cut the other day. The guy who did it is a local farmer, brought his tractor over. His cutting style just floored me. He doesn't go up and down in lines in a square. The only word I have for what he did is "scribble" like a 3 year old with a crayon who just scribbles until he considers it colored enough. I can't imagine he farms this way. It must have used up an amazing amount of gas to do 1.5 acres. Some areas he drove over 6 times, some tufts got missed until I commented.
It wasn't just turn around space, it was sheer chaos. The area is basically 3 sections, each a rectangle, that I'd have done one at a time, nice and neat. He did all three mixed, looping from here to there to there with no pattern at all to it. The first time I called him for brush cutting he sent out a young man who did a lovely job, nice and neat and rationally laid out. Wish I knew where to find that guy if I need it done again.
Just...  wow.
 
Marla Kacey
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Ha!  How long has he been farming?  I think if I had spent years driving straight lines all the time, I might get a real thrill out of going outside the lines when given the chance.  Hope you weren't paying by the hour, or for the fuel.  Maybe he was just having fun on his tractor for a change.
 
Pearl Sutton
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He's an older guy, not sure how long he's been farming. I'm planning to get a tractor so I can brush cut myself, he showed me things like how to hitch it etc, and in reply to a comment I made said "Oh, don't watch my patterning, I don't cut in a pattern!" Guess it's his normal style. And thankfully, I was paying by the job.

He's a really nice guy, and reasonable prices, it was just AMAZING to watch. I was trying to follow him, so as he hit things, I could mark them so I knew what was there that is a problem, but it was a flaming hot day and the sheer random mileage was too much for me.

I'm OCD and have strength issues, I do most things in nice, neat, efficient patterns. I don't think I've ever even seen this sort of work before
 
kay Smith
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More than one way to skin a cat ;p
 
Abbey Battle
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We all see things differently and our brains work indifferent ways. If you asked him to cut in straight lines he may very well have looked at you like you were talking in some complex foreign language.
It's good that we are all different, I'm with your farmer, randomness and knights move thinking.
 
Pearl Sutton
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Thanks for comments!!
I think I was mostly thinking about how permaculture is based on planning things for effectiveness, and with the price of gas I can't imagine not paying attention to how much is being used to what effect, and just general time/energy type thoughts. I agree with the comments, different types of brains, more than one way to do things, etc, it just seems like planning would have saved him a lot of time and energy, and as a "design things so they are as little work as possible" type, I am just startled when I see it not being done when it's so easy....  Was just meaningless drivel and a random Wow

I am often looked at as if I'm talking in some complex foreign language, I'm used to that  

Thanks SO much for comments It's interesting to see what others think
 
Dan Boone
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Pearl Sutton wrote:I'm OCD


This made me smile because based on your first post I was going "I think what we have here is a strong clash of personal styles."  When I mow with a gasoline push mower I'm all over the place ... I usually go around in a tightening spiral to throw the cuttings away from the work, but I cut out random chunks to do that way, and usually that means I'm mowing in some weird teardrop shape by the end.  And I tend to lunge in random directions when going after missed tussocks. 

Any chance this farmer knows you're OCD and was brushing in a random pattern just to drive you nuts?

 
Nancy Troutman
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Oh Pearl!   Crying with laughter.   My whole property would drive you crazy.   There isn't a straight line anywhere.
 
John Weiland
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Everyone has mentioned "gas" without considering the possibility that it was diesel that he was wasting with his "random walk" approach...  

The real question in my mind was whether the driver was fueled by a bacon-n-eggs breakfast or bootleg hooch!...
 
Pearl Sutton
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Nancy Troutman: actually I prefer curved spaces, and when I'm done, there will be no getting a brushcutter through here. Right now though, I haven't got the house built etc, and the curved contour line terracing hasn't started, so it's currently rectangles

John Weilman: I'd say hootch if he hadn't been doing it for several hours with no change in (lack of) pattern. And it was a gas tractor, just FWIW

The OCD part of my head doesn't make me need it all square etc, makes me want things done as efficiently as possible with best effect produced. That's the part that weirded me out here, very inefficient and not time/energy effective. I just can't imagine he runs a farm this way.

Part of what attracts me to permaculture is that you design for effective use of resources. And the most effective way to cut rectangles is as a rectangle, not as a random chaos across all three sections at one time, with zero planning. I think it was the total lack of planning that I found startling.
 
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My sister suggested that maybe he was grooving to some tunes.
 
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