In the 1990s, the man attended an agricultural school and worked on a farm that had a partnership with the school. But he became unknowingly involved in a revenge plot between the Farmer and Landowner. Here is what he had to say.
He Went to a Specialist School
The man began, “Let me preface this by noting that this revenge was not my doing. At least, not exactly. It happened back in the 90s when I was in high school and centered around the type of school I attended.”
It Combined a Standard Education and Farming
He grew up in a small agricultural community and studied at what is known as a “farmer’s school”. The students received an education that combined regular coursework with farming technology classes and practical farm work.
The Students Worked at a Local Farm
The school had a partnership with one of the nearby farms, which grew mostly cotton but sometimes other crops. The farm had a strong connection with the school, and the students worked for the farmer without receiving much pay.
The Farmer Didn’t Own the Farm
The farmer rented from the landowner, who lived in another state, and the farmer gave them a share of the money earned from selling the crops.
They Were Given an Unusual Task
One day, as the students arrived at the farm, they were surprised to be instructed to till the land and destroy the crops. It took the entire weekend to transform the lush fields into barren soil. They said, “The farmer thanked each of us personally and paid us about 500 dollars each. Quite the sum for a 90s high school senior.”
They Learnt the Truth
After going back to school, they told the headmaster that they had completed the “contract.” Soon, the students found out why the farmer had made that unusual demand. Word started spreading that the landowner had chosen not to extend the farmer’s lease right before harvest time. This meant the landowner could keep all the profits from the crops for themselves. Given that the average cotton farm earns about 1,500 dollars per acre, a 1000 acre farm would easily net the owner 1.5 million dollars. About 500k of that being pure profit.
The Revenge Plot
The man explained, “His act of revenge against the owner was to prevent them from cashing in on their hard work. Sure, it destroyed his farm, and he had to sell off most everything he owned to buy some property for himself, but he’d proved a point.”
The Landowner Took the Farmer to Court
The landowner attempted to sue the farmer, but his case lacked legal grounds. The court ruled in favor of the farmer, highlighting that, as he was still under the lease at the time he tilled the land, it was his prerogative to decide its fate.
He Learnt an Important Lesson
The story taught the student a valuable lesson that went beyond farming techniques, “That lesson was, never, ever cross someone with nothing to lose”, they explained.
The Internet Responded
One person said jokingly, “Reap what you sow!”
Another Poster Commented
“Great story! The farmer is a much smarter business person than the landowner!”
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