Our bias is always that people who work at home are engaged in knowledge work. But this article about online discussion groups used by farmers got me thinking: farmers have been working at home...well...since humans first began cultivating crops, really. I grew up in a farming community, and know that it's absolutely true that farmers, like all home-based workers, have to be self-disciplined, and keep a sharp eye on their task list, time management, all that good stuff.
Of course, it's hard to forget to milk the cows, what with the plaintive lowing the ladies do when they're overdue for milking. But all the other things that go into running a farm -- maintaining equipment, preparing fields for crops, planting on time, using the correct feeds, fertilizers, staying on top of what's new in the industry -- farmers run small businesses from their homes. And because they are rural, and often isolated from neighbors, the Internet is a natural fit as a way to get the best management and practice information.