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Owning a small farm is a dream come true for me and my husband Scott. As children we both have found memories of the family farms. Now that we are in our late fifties something has drastically changed, small farms are being sold for cash something most farmers would never think of doing ever.

Hay Field Plowed

 

Scott plowing the field fall 2019

What has changed over the last sixty years?

Big farms can sell their produce much cheaper than small farms.  Customers support the big farm over the small farm by shopping in the store over and over and not thinking about the little farm down the road.  Another huge issue; the new workforce does not want to work as hard as a farmer they want a desk job no more than eight hours with a half hour lunch.

In the past people started farms for the lifestyle and the freedom to work hard and earn a fair living. Today if a person wants to start a small farm, they had better have a full-time job or savings to pay for it. Why? Farming is expensive it’s not a business anymore but more of a hobby for most people new to farming. No profit is seen for up to seven or ten years. That’s a long time to not get any profit while working seven days a week, long hours and no vacation ever. Farmers rarely take a vacation as the cost is not prohibitive to leave the farm.

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Resources: America Loves The Idea Of Family Farms

Small Farms Of America Are Dying

4 thoughts on “Small Farms Of America Are Dying

  1. Agreed! Grew up on a cattle ranch but it wasn’t big enough to support more than 1 family, plus I didn’t want to stay in that part of the country. Husband and I both work full time “in town” as teacher and principal in order to slowly increase our small goat herd. Hang in there, wouldn’t trade the lifestyle for anything!

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