Something New Every Day

Something New Every Day


Non-Fiction - Memoir
404 Pages
Reviewed on 06/25/2017
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Author Biography

I grew up longing to be involved in farming from my earliest memory. As a youngster my father and I would have animals and by the time I was in my final years of high school, I actually peddled Golden Guernsey milk in cream top bottles to my neighbors as well as supplying my family.
My early schooling was difficult to say the least since I suffer from dyslexia and in the early 1950’s there were no recognized educational programs or assistance for schools to address this condition. Most of my education was gained from listening and not reading, and talking rather than writing.
Since I was twelve years old I worked on a dairy farm. I was right at home around dairy cows and absorbed everything I could and gained a great deal of confidence and knowledge during those years. I graduated college in 1967, with a degree in animal science. I took employment in the agricultural industry as a professional animal artificial inseminator. This was a wonderful job that took me to farms and exposed me to many more management systems.
Once we made the decision to try and secure funding to farm on own is really where my book starts. We were very fortunate to have been blessed to have three children join us on our adventure. As hard as building a family farm operation was, we would have done it all over again despite knowing what we know now. Dairy farming gave us daily wonders and joys.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite

Something New Every Day by Richard C. Smith is a non-fiction memoir on the life of a farmer. This is a book that would appeal most to a mixed audience made up of readers of all ages, especially those who enjoy memoirs and learning more about what it actually means to be a farmer. Richard C. Smith was born from a long line of farmers. Growing up, he watched his father work multiple jobs while still trying to farm. All this left the young man with his own desire to go into farming so he went to college to study dairy science, after which he found himself drafted into the military. When he was released from his service, he married his best friend and began looking for his own farm. Will Rich achieve his dream of having his own farm and becoming a farmer, or will his dream fail before it can flourish?

Something New Every Day by Richard C. Smith was an interesting read because, instead of being a dry textbook on farming, the book took me on a wonderful adventure alongside a young man working to have his own farm and become a farmer in his own right. I found myself learning more about what it really meant to be a farmer, while being interested in finding out if the young man could succeed where so many before him had failed. The author really made me care about the people in his book, and left me with an interest to discover more about what farming really is like in today’s modern world.



Liam maroney

I think the book something new every day is a awesome book.

Darlene Yager

No one tells stories like a farmer. Richard Smith’s voice comes across loud and clear as if he is sitting at the table with you sharing his stories. You don’t have to be a farmer to appreciate the triumphs and struggles he goes through to get his farm up and running. You’ll feel like you’ve made a new friend by the time you finish the first chapter. Very enjoyable!

Pam Schuyler

Something New Every Day was an enjoyable read. I found myself laughing many times reading the book.

LTC (ret.) and Mrs. Thomas A. George

“Your book was so interesting and what an eye opener for us who had no idea what was really involved in dairy farming.”

Rev. Howard Meell

It is a work of love for your family and for farming. I could sense your excitement to be living your dream. How rewarding it must be to be looking back 50-years knowing you lived your dream. I have not finished the book yet but I'm enjoying it very much.

William A. Yager Sr.

This book should be a mandatory read for anyone contemplating a career in farming. The autobiography shows the tenacity the sacrifices and rewards of the entire Smith family as they worked together to pursue their dream of owning and operating a quality dairy farm.

Tom Johnston

I wasn't a farmer but enjoyed the book very much. It was excellent