Haters Gunna Hate, Potatoes Gunna Potate

Haters gunna hate, potatoes gunna potate.

You heard me. I don’t know what it is about me, but I seem to bring out the haters. Maybe I am running on a whole different frequency or something because I never seem to mesh with those around me. My family tells me that I am ahead of my time. To be fair though, people have always had this reaction to me. Maybe because I am young or because I have brown eyes; I haven’t the faintest idea. My ceramics teacher in high school didn’t believe that I already had 10 years of ceramics experience at 16 years old, my school councilor tried to bully me out of going to an art college program because I couldn’t cut it, and I even had a co-worker once tell me that I was far too young to know what a hair band was. I mean, what’s that all about?

According to the gurus of the world, I am doing everything all wrong.

“You are killing your donkey! Don’t feed it straw! That’s animal abuse! Do your research or a simple google search to find out about proper donkey diets.”
Umm… I don’t even own a donkey yet, therefore, I am not currently killing anyone. I am, however, researching before purchasing and found the concept of feeding donkeys a partial straw diet during the summer. Sorry for asking if anyone has heard of this. I will keep my questions to myself.

“Our bee-guru says that you should never use a drone frame in a hive. The bees know best.
While I don’t doubt that the bees know best, I do doubt that you know what you’re talking about if you honestly refer to someone as your ‘bee-guru’. Something about that screams ‘cult’. Also, I don’t think I will be taking advice from any guru that loses hives to wax moth or a varroa mite take-over. Me, my strong, resistant hives, and my 43 pounds of honey will be doing things a little differently.

“You should never keep a litter of more than six rabbits… or feed whole grains… or keep them in inhumane cages… and you should always take your rabbits to the vet for check ups and neutering.”
Hi there. My angoras are clean, healthy, and get regular excersise. Nice to meet you too.

“Chickens can’t live on sprouted fodder alone!”
With the exception of calcium and grit, I think my laying hens have proved you wrong already.

How is it that we still live in a world where one can’t even ask a simple question on the internet without being bombarded with nasty comments, hateful messages, and downright offensive emails? This is the modern age folks! People around the planet are doing things today that we never thought possible even a year ago. There is more than one way to raise rabbits, tend a beehive, or feed a donkey. I don’t have all the answers and neither do you. Get over it. We are human. We are flawed. We are all inevitably going to be wrong at least once in our lives and at the same time, we will all be right once too.

Do me a favor. The next time someone asks you a question, online or in-person, be kind in your response. I don’t care how stupid it is, or how many times you have answered it before, or whether you know this person or not… I don’t even care if they are a million miles off from having the right answer…

Like Wil Wheaton says: Don’t be a dick.
(And if you have never seen Star Trek, we can’t be friends.)

35 thoughts on “Haters Gunna Hate, Potatoes Gunna Potate

  1. Was talking to my roommate about this today; people seem to confuse passion with having a superiority complex. As long as you’re doing your research and touching base with how things work in your situation, the haters will fade into a dull mumble as they go commune with their bee-guru and hum to cure global poverty without missing their TV shows. Though, to be fair, they deserve patience too… we’re all learning, even if some don’t know it yet. 🙂

  2. Geese. I’m sorry you have to deal with that. Annoying “know-it-all-rude-critics” need to remember that amazing bloggers like you are hard to come by. AND that bloggers like you.. Are people too which means you have feelings like everyone else on this planet! I just seriously HATE the “haters” that take the time to harass anyone and everyone because they don’t clearly understand in that dumb brain the damage there doing to that blogger. Obviously harsh/rude criticism would push any human being away. That being said it pushes you bloggers to either shut down the site or stop posting things. Which breaks people hearts like myself that enjoy reading the things you take time to post. Seriously though, Forget those a**holes!
    People are rude in this world. It’s sad to say but the population of good people dwindles as time goes by. Because people forget what it’s like to be a kind person and to receive kindness in return. Like I said before though. I appreciate you and all the time you take to inform those of us who truly care about your opinion and way of raising animals. Keep your head up girl! & remember that there is a lot of people who look up to you!

    P.S. There is no “right” way to raise an animal. Everyone’s techniques are different. (Feeding, housing, etc.) and your always entitled to your own lifestyle, remember that….. I guarantee the pilgrims raised thousands of animals and fed them whatever they thought was good nutrition, housing or whatever. And OBVIOUSLY they did something right. Because hundreds of years go by and there still great and healthy today for us 2014 pilgrims! 😉

    • My most recent trouble was on a farm Facebook page. And since I use a different name on Facebook, I doubt they knew about my blog. I was just another “Joe” asking about donkey dietary needs. 😉

      Thank you for the encouragement! It would take a lot more to get me to quit writing.

  3. Get em gurrl. Everyone has an AH, and some people are one. It is increasing exponentially. Ask your questions. The only dumb question is the one you didn’t ask. Ignore those that are ignorant. It is aggravating to have to sift through the bad to find the good. I look for clues as to who it is from and delete any that look suspicious Hang in there.


  4. Sarah,
    You might not be doing everything right, but at least you are trying. That’s more than most haters can say. Haters-an insecure,uneducated,prejudice mind folks which give themselves voice to get enjoyment from tearing down others. Turn the other cheek, honey and ignore them.
    You are a very public figure by the way you put yourself out there with your blog and videos. Public figures draw scrutiny and scorn from such people.
    When you get riled by these folks you are giving them just what they want…attention. You give them power over you. There’s only one that has power over me and that’s God.
    In this life you do the best you can do and adapt to everything else.

    • You are right! I DON’T do everything right. Not even close. But I learn from my mistakes and failures like most people and move on to try again. What really ruffled my feathers was the fact that I was instantly accused of “killing” my donkey. Clearly this person didn’t read more than a word I wrote because they missed the fact that I don’t own one yet.

      There were many eye rolls and many a delete button pressed last night.

  5. How pleasant it would be if everyone would phrase their comments without strongly opinionated remarks. I love you blog. You are honest, upfront and don’t mind telling us just how things are going; right or wrong. The people who come off as bullies can only be bullies if we let them. Your replies, kept clear, concise and to the point of their questions will nullify their attempts at knocking down what you work so hard to do ~ share with everyone who has a family farm and those of us who dare to dream.
    The answer to the Angora question was the best…
    “Hi there. My angoras are clean, healthy, and get regular excersise. Nice to meet you too.” ……….enough said!
    When we don’t bow down to their level we never have to feel defeated. I felt sorry for these folks who do not live with tolerance, life is too short to ridicule. Wouldn’t it be great if they would give us the science behind their husbandry comments. Then we could decide what is “best practice” for the animals; we all could learn a little more. In the meantime, stay real and true to yourself, you are who you are for a reason and I for one am glad. Keep rolling Sarah of Frühlingskabine Micro-Farm!

  6. ‘potate’ hehe I like reading you!
    All that matters is jeej Sarah’s gonna get a donkey 🙂 🙂
    Be strong and write your frustrations down.
    You rule!
    And the annoying commenters think they do too.
    And everybody’s happy jeej ladiedaa 🙂


  7. The anonymity of the internet gives some people an excuse to be nasty. My kids call them “trolls,” and this behavior has brought them to tears on several occasions. It happens to anyone and everyone who ever posts anything on the Net!

    BTW, I’m from Sonora (living in Florida now). I probably went to High School with one or both of your parents! Next time I visit my mom, I’ll come to the market and say “Hi.”

    • I think that’s what it is too. I’ve heard the term “trolls” before, it is the perfect word and description all in one.

      I didn’t actually grow up in Sonora. My family and I moved here when I was about sixteen. I’m an import from the Bay Area. 😉 But be sure to say hi if you ever make it to the market!

  8. I think you are doing a wonderful job. you research, you go to others to learn. keep it going. for my money you are on the right track.

  9. Hi, I’ve been reading this blog since you did your ferments and sour doughs and all I can say is You Are My Hero. I love your accomplishments ,missteps, goals, and I hope you find the property you’ve been dreaming of. Thanks for sharing everything.

  10. Sara,
    I just want to say (again) you are a great support for me and my dream. I, too, have been approached by hater words, but they haven’t stopped me (this time). I have learned so much from your sharing of experiences since the day I found your blog and I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it. I started off researching french angoras and within a year have established a rabbitry of 8. Most recently, when my Ruthie surprisingly showed signs of preparing for birth and 4 babies appeared the next day, you, through your blog, were right by my side! So I guess what I am trying to say is thank you! Thank you ! Thank you!
    My mom shared a quote from her high school teacher that gets me through the times when haters are hatin’ and potatoes are potatin’;
    “1/3 of the people will not like you no matter what, 1/3 of the people will not care either way, and 1/3 of the people will love you no matter what. So you only need to worry about 1/3 of the people.”
    Just remember the 1/3 of us who love you no matter what 🙂

  11. I recently discovered your blog, and it’s been very interesting to me because you basically have the same set up and animals as I have/want to have. (I don’t have bees…yet.) I’ve been growing fodder to feed my rabbits, and I’ve been doing some research into feeding it to chickens. I had a question I’d like to ask, since you are doing that. I’ve heard that long blades of grass can cause compacted or sour crop in chickens. I used to feed grass clippings to my Girls, but then I had one die from sour crop that I suspect was due to the grass. Are you concerned about fodder causing crop problems? I’d love to be able to give them fodder, but after my sad experience, I’m a little scared to do so!

    • I think the key to feeding fodder is to feed the sprouts WHOLE, not just the grass. Feeding the grass, the seeds, and the roots create a sort of diversity within the one food source. I, personally, have had no problems feeding it to my chickens and I have seen no signs of problems in the past year since I started. Again, I think it is very important to feed more than just the grass. My chickens also get free range time to find bugs, the get old pumpkins and turnips, and rejected oats from the rabbits (rabbits are messy eaters) in addition to the fodder. Mostly, I feed them fodder, but I also allow them to be chickens and find additional snacks elsewhere.

  12. Annnd this is why I no longer have a Facebook. I say, “It’s because, I didn’t miss some people as much as I thought I did.” lol! But seriously, it just became more annoying than it was worth. Now I follow a few blogs that I enjoy & I seem to like blogs that provide good, realistic, information & they tend be a little outside of the box. I found your blog when looking into fodder…. No fodder? I would not be here. Yay! Fodder!

    As far as animals, I know nothing about donkeys, but, I watched my father use many non-conventional ways of caring for our hogs including feeding whole garlic bulbs or chunks of coal to them for deworming & pouring used oil down their backs for a mite/lice treatment. Whether anyone ‘likes’ 😉 these ideas or not, they worked. Although I am 42, I am the youngest of 10 children & I think I missed a generation. My father was older & grew up during the depression. He passed away a couple years ago at age 95. Through him I learned how people did things when there were fewer options & mainstream products we non-existent or in short supply. In college, I focused on science & I soon realized my dad was not completely off track. Humph! Now labeled “organic” many of the things my dad taught me about gardening & raising livestock are new again & more novel than in the 80’s & 90’s. Our hogs, house, garden & other animals were well cared for but in a different way. Different, but not necessarily wrong,
    Haters, stiff necked, one-way thinkers be warned…. It never hurts to learn different methods of caring for & feeding livestock, pets, or even ourselves, we never know when we will have to be a little more creative. 🙂
    Keep on, keeping on Sarah!

    • I actually had to quit FB a couple times because I had some hater trolls following me and reporting my account. That was fun. They also reported my email account quite a few times, so it wasn’t FB specific. I probably should have learned my lesson and shouldn’t have started over with FB.

    • That’s more of what I want to learn. The unconventional ways of caring for animals. Part of being independent means being able to do most of care and treatments for your animals yourself. Of course, with a large animal like a donkey, it will be good to have a specialized vet’s phone number, but for the most part I would like to do much of it myself. Throw the pig some coal, if you will. 😉

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