One of three co-owners of Boone’s Farm figures that if they work their tails off, even if they’re successful, there still won’t be enough. This 30-ish trio has a caring attitude, a wide range of skills, and a great work ethic, but farming is hard.
It’s tough watching the documentary “Boone,” but not like bearing witness to dire fossil fuel devastations. It’s tough to watch three deserving people with “hopes and dreams but no idea” how to assure their chosen way of life. See “Boone,” though, because it’s important to understand farming life for what it faces, even if it’s a downside lesson on how to live a good life sustainably.
Zachary and Michael and Dana work all day. They work at the dark ends of all day, too.
Milk goats. Feed goats. Deliver a breached-birth goat. Brand goats. Nurture a sickly goat. Dig a diseased goat’s grave. Herd goats. Prepare goat milk products for market. Wash down floors. Do a range of things with chickens, too. Do the garden and crops. Clear old vegetation. Rework irrigation hoses. Build up compost. Spread compost. Plant seeds. Weed. Harvest peppers, Harvest melons. Haul harvests. Hang garlic. Chop trees. Haul wood. Chop wood. Fix the tractor. Fix tractor parts. Build a chicken coop. Can tomatoes. Cook healthy. Clean. Grab dried clothes off the line. Do a haircut. Coddle a dying old dog. Be exhausted together.
Kudos for the documentary film art and farm art of “Boone,” where the right idea involves a lot of work.