When I was a child in the rural village of Nambe, NM, our family lived an agricultural life, with a few crops, a large garden, orchards and lots of animals. Stores and shopping were so rare...people in our community had to grow it, raise it, trade what you grew or raised for it, or do without. I would follow my dad, uncles and godfather around the farm, tending to animals, weeding the garden and doing chores. If I got hungry and wanted to go into the house, my godfather would say, "Ed, the animals always get fed before we get fed."