A Hardy Farmer's Advice: Never Quit

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Johnny Bradley, shown here with his daughter Kathy, still lives about 1.5 miles from the house where he was born. StoryCorps hide caption

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Kathy and Johnny Bradley

Johnny Bradley, shown here with his daughter Kathy, still lives about 1.5 miles from the house where he was born.

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Johnny Bradley grew up in Savannah, Ga., in a family of sharecroppers. They farmed someone else's property and, in exchange, could keep a small portion of the crops they grew.

Bradley, now 72, tells his daughter Kathy about living with very little, when getting electricity and a Philco radio meant a lot. "It was real hard at that time," he says. "We'd eat rice and peas one day; the next day we'd eat peas and rice."

Bradley now owns his own farm of about 500 acres and works with his 51-year-old son.

"Now I work hard, but I don't have to share it with the boss man," Bradley says.

His advice to anyone is never to quit.

"When I quit, I want 'em to put dirt on me," he says.

Produced for Morning Edition by Nadia Reiman. The senior producer for StoryCorps is Michael Garofalo. Recorded in partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting.

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