“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Baby Steps

Most mornings of late, while the horses are in the upper pastures,
I open the gate to the front pasture for the donkeys.
There is not much nutrition in the pasture... which is good.
You might have noticed that my donkeys are fat...too fat!
They get a little hay, and then plenty of time to forage for not-much-of-anything.


Pasture time is more of a diversion for them...
something to occupy their time.


Calling them back in is a piece of cake.
I simply place their vitamin/mineral supplement in their feeders and place them on the fence.


As soon as they hear that...
they start walking back to the dry lot.


The interesting thing, though, is this:
if I sit outside the gate, they will come and visit with me and completely ignore their food.


You see, although these girls are food-motivated...
it is just to a point.
They are more affection-motivated than anything.


Given the same scenario with the horses...
and they will run right past me to the food...
every time.


Donkey affections run deep.
It takes them a good while to develop these affections.
The process progresses from curiosity and distrust...
 to curiosity and tentative trust...
to eventual trust...
to affection...
to deep, everlasting affection.
The price...

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