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News 13 Special Report: Two Jobs To Survive (Pt 2)

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Married for 47 years, Eddie and Legatha Barfield have raised two children and now enjoy spoiling their 3 grandchildren.

Together they lead a simple life devoted to each other and their work at their country store in the heart of quiet Alford, Florida.

But at 67 and 64 years old, respectively, Eddie and Legatha have no plans to retire; and, while Legatha manages the books at Barfield's, Eddie heads to his second job as a cattle and timber farmer.

"I've always wanted a farm and I haven't regretted it one bit," said Barfield.

Everyday, rain or shine, Barfield travels on his trusted ford tractor on over 300 hundred acres, bringing hay to the cows and occasional donkey relying on him.

"I enjoy my farm...getting out cutting the hay, rolling the hay, putting it under the barn, I love messing with my cows, I love watching the baby cows as they graze, It's just a life that I've always loved," he said.

It's not easy work at any age, but as Barfield knocks on the door of 70, he's not letting a number dictate how he should or should not live his life.

"I've really never thought about getting old, I don't know why. I've just enjoyed working," said Barfield.

Farming is his passion, but it's also his investment for financial security.

"We can go out and sell a cow if we have to, to meet and obligation or we can cut a piece of timber to meet and obligation," Barfield explained.

As he watched the country's economy falter from recession, he said he and his wife were blessed to have a cushion of protection through the land that they've called home for over 30 years.

"That's one reason why I've never even considered selling my farm, because at least I know if I've got property, I've got something I can fall back on. That's the little bit of security that I've always had and I've always wanted," he said.

Along the way, Barfield said his key to security has been staying optimistic and giving credit where credit is due.

"Somebody asked me the other day, he said, "Mr. Barfield, what do you think about the economy and your business?" I said, well, I really don't look to the economy, because I look to the Lord for my sources," explained Barfield.

He said it hasn't failed him yet.

"It's been some hard times but overall we've been blessed. We've had a wonderful, wonderful life…we really have," said Barfield

Barfield said that he and his wife hope to eventually slow down once the store is paid of, and they hope to one day give their land to their children and grandchildren.

For now, they continue to work hard and enjoy the fruits of their labor.