TALENT AND SKILL THESAURUS

FARMING



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HELPFUL TIP:

When planning a cast member's talents and skills, think about how genetics, personality traits (both positive attributes and flaws), past experiences, environment, and the character's roles (within a family, a community, and society) all factor into what strengths may form. These special qualities should tie into the story, not only to make the character interesting but also to help him achieve his goal.
DEFINITION:
The practice of growing crops on a large scale

DESCRIPTION:
A character skilled at farming is able to plant and nurture seeds to maturity for consumption and profit. There are many steps to farming, including preparation of the land using tools and machinery, understanding the needs of one’s crops as far as irrigation, nutrients, and optimal sunlight conditions, as well as being able to harvest at the correct time by using methods that are economical and efficient. The result is the careful collection and storage of a crop that avoids as much product waste as possible. Crops might be for human or animal consumption and are specific to the area's climate and growing zone. Most farmers also cultivate different types of crops (or raise livestock) to lower their risk if a particular crop does not do well in any given year.

BENEFICIAL STRENGTHS OR ABILITIES:
Being physically strong and having good physical health
Having a deep interest in (and respect for) the land and farm lifestyle
The ability to manage one’s resources well
Having a keen eye for early signs of problems (such as pest and drought indicators, or an imbalance in the soil’s nutrients)
Being mechanically-minded to fix and maintain one’s own machinery
Having a gift for re-purposing so nothing is wasted
Carpentry skills (to build sheds, fences, etc.)
An affinity for animals
Being able to use a rifle for protection if wildlife is a factor
Experiencing contentment with a quieter way of life
Gardening skills to supplement one's crops and cut down on expenses

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