When I go to the farm before, I only wore shorts and t-shirts. Sometimes, I even wore sleeveless because it’s very hot and I didn’t want to sweat too much. However, it’s only after I attended the Organic Agriculture Production (OAP) training that I’ve learned the proper gear to be used every time I go out to the farm.
As much as you want to till the farm and grow your own food, you should take care of yourself, too. You should protect yourself from the scorching sun and protect your skin from being burnt. So, in this article, I’ll share with you some of the things you should wear if you want to go to the farm. In our training, it’s called PPE – Personal Protective Equipment. However, there are other names to it, but they still refer to the things you should wear when you work on the farm.
1. Long Pants
Your pants should be long enough to cover your lower body, especially your legs. Unless your farm is already established and clean, you can wear short pants. But, it’s encouraged to wear long pants to protect yourself. This will also allow you to go anywhere without hesitation. Wrangler Rigg’s Men Workwear Utility Jean could be good farming pants that you can use.
2. Long Sleeves
If you are still cleaning the field, there may be plants with leaves that cause itchiness on your skin. In case you are still clearing, you don’t want to get scratches by the small twigs or some sharp shoots of plants and other elements in the farm. It’s good to cover your arms for you don’t know what will come your way while you are working. Comfortable long sleeves that you can use on the farm would be those from Farmer Shirts.
Exposing in the heat for an extended period will cause headaches and dizziness, especially for those who are newbies. It’s necessary to have a hat or anything that can cover your head. Aside from the heat of the sun, it’ll also help save yourself from getting wet when the rain pours down unexpectedly. At least, you can still find a shed before you’ll get wet. You might want to use a coolie hat like the Jacobson Hat Company Men’s Adult Deluxe Coolie Hat or just a straw hat like the Billabong Men’s Tides Hat.
This is very important, especially if you’re pulling out weeds or cultivating the land for the first time. You don’t know what’s in the soil, perhaps some sharp objects and other stuff, so you better protect your hands. However, if you will be planting or if you know that the soil is safe, it’s more comfortable working with your bare hands. I prefer to work with bare hands during planting and weeding. But, for clearing and cultivating, I should use gloves. (I’m still afraid that my hands will come in contact with the worm.) You can have the cheaper G & F Latex-Dipped Gloves or the more expensive CLC Custom Leathercraft Grip Work Gloves.
Rain or shine, rocky or muddy, you don’t be afraid to walk and work around your farm because you are wearing boots. Just make sure that the boots fit you perfectly or, you’ll have trouble walking around. Additionally, it’ll help you become confident walking anywhere on your farm since your feet are covered and protected. You’ll be able to trust boots like the Servus PVC Polyblend Men’s Work Boots or the Ever Boots Premium Leather Waterproof Work Boots.
You should wear all these everytime you go to the farm. The weather suddenly changes, you may go wherever and prepare whatever, at least, you are always prepared. Actually, there are no standard specifications on what clothing or boots to use. As long as you’re comfortable and you can do your work well, they are your best PPE. However, if you are handling chemicals, which organic farming doesn’t, you might need masks, especially those with extreme odors. You’ll only need to use a mask in organic farming if you will be working with fertilizers that are both smelly and dusty.
You can expect to get a more detailed roundup of the best products to be used as PPE in the following articles. Until then, I hope you enjoyed your visit. And, I am hoping for happy and joyful farming. Cheers to more farmers and for abundance healthy foods available in the market.
See you next time!
[Image above is Ms. Jen, a classmate of mine during our OAP training. She was collecting dry leaves as an ingredient for the organic fertilizer that we made.]