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Corporate Lingo on the Farm

One of the things Farmer Ross and I have in common with other modern day farmers is our day job. In addition to all our farm chores, we both work full time jobs. We straddle the line between country living and the hustle and bustle of corporate America. We get up with the sun, feed cows, goats and chickens, fight commuter traffic to our jobs, put in our eight hours and then turn around do it all in the reverse order. While the whole process can be exhausting it certainly helps keep us well rounded. We get dressed in our work clothes, but seldom leave the farm without stray pieces of hay tagging along for the commute. A work week can include meeting our bosses and clients and then coming home to meet the local veterinarian for vaccinations.

Recently Farmer Ross and I were joking about the funny things people say in the office. We were making fun of the vocabulary of corporate America and how you can string together a bunch of fancy corporatese jargon and while you may sound smart, what you actually say can be totally meaningless. So, I thought it would be fun to see how I could add a few dorky office terms to regular farm conversations to make them sound way more important. I also included a farm translation to help you cut through the BS.  I hope you enjoy! I sure had fun playing with the words, but I think I will be leaving the cliche office jargon at the office! I don’t think the goats  and other farm critters would be impressed!

Feeding system
Translation: Feeding the animals is taking way too long every morning. Grab your hammer and let’s go out and build a bigger and better hay feeder.


fire drill
Translation: We need to check the kidding kits to make sure we have all our supplies before the goat kids start popping out!


hard stop
Translation: Make the chores quick and snappy tonight. Dinner will be on the table at 6PM, if you don’t come in until 11PM it will be cold.


Translation: The rain is coming, the hay needs to get in the barn and it’s not going to walk itself there. Call everyone you know and offer them beer to come help!


low hanging fruit
Translation: This weekend we need to catch up on all the chores we didn’t get done during the week so that big project we hoped to start will have to wait another week!


Translation: We need a new tractor because our crops are likely to rot in the field if we try to do it by hand again. We will buy a used one and fix it up, but even then we will have to dip into our savings.

See, just by adding a few corporate vocab words you can dress up farming to sound fancy and very important 🙂 Just wondering…what corporate lingo really gets under your skin? Mine in nimble.


The "garden" behind the garden to glass cocktails, Venise is the resident farmer of the Simple Goodness Farm, older sister and goat lover.


  • Fina Cardwell

    LOL! Totally got this post! My husband and I do the same thing since we work full-time jobs also. Pesky things…those full-time jobs…they tend to get in the way of our farming! I’m working really hard this year to get our “extra” bills paid off so that my husband will be able to retire at the end of this year and be a full-time farmer. It would make things so much easier.

    • Venise

      We would like to do the same thing one day! Farmer Ross would love to farm full time. We just need to figure out how the farm can pay for itself. Glad you got got my humor and thanks for reading!

  • belindalucielle

    I hate the term “goodness” in the corporate sense…which is ironic because its part of our blog title. What I don’t like is when people use it constantly as a noun instead of saying “good work” or “great ideas.” ex: “I think we’re on the right track, there is a lot of goodness here, we just need to clean things up a bit…”

  • familyandfarming

    These were cute. Thanks!
    My husband works full time and I gave my job up to stay home. He works on the farm before and after work, I help when I can. My husband would love to work on the farm full time one day.

    • Venise

      As would we! I think that is most of our dreams. What do you guys raise or grow? Farming husbands are so dang tough aren’t they? My husband works sun up to sun down.

      • familyandfarming

        We do a little of everything but eventually would like to make some changes. Its a small farm of about 300 acres. Beef, corn, soybeans, about an acre of potatoes, 10+ acres of pumpkins and gourds. Yep, my husband works the same way, everyday.

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