Heritage is generally the driving force in family farming. Originally, family farming was a means of earning a productive living, and of course, the bigger the family, the more farm hands a farmer had to maintain the workload. It also served as a means of feeding families.
Those days are gone, but the idea is still a family business. Whether the farm is producing plant food or raising animals for food production, the family business is about family, heritage and pride.
Agriculture is big today, and returning to naturally grown fruits, vegetables, and other farming products, it is on the rise. Many small family-owned farms supply neighboring communities with food supply, grains and vegetables, including free-range eggs, free-range hens, and chickens, branching out to farms that just grow nuts, fruits, vegetables, and other edible products.
There are farms that produce other consumables, such as cotton, trees, (including Christmas Tree Farms), cattle sheep, and hog ranches. There are, of course, thoroughbred farms for breeding race horses, and rose farms. I guess you could say there is a farm for just about everything that grows, edible or not.
Sounds pretty easy, but it is possibly the hardest way to earn a living. There is no sleeping in, calling in sick, take-a-break day. The animals still need to be fed, cows milked, products delivered to market, and the land cared for without exception. Having a family farm enables the entire family to participate in the responsibilities, learn and bring new possibilities and ideas to the forefront. Farm education, plus the state and local educational systems increases the growth and productivity of family farm life. Not everyone in every family is farm life material, but where would we be without the farmer?
Eating products produced from a family farm is a treat. The flavors are enhanced, the grains are richer, and the wholesomeness of everything you consume benefits your mind and body.