Rural Farms- A Dying Lifestyle

carolscash By carolscash, 8th Nov 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/23eua5zj/
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These days it seems that more people want to go to work somewhere other than the family farm and all aspects of rural life seem to be changing.

Farm Life

Several years ago, it was widely accepted that the sons and sometimes the daughters of farmers would become farmers themselves and continue the tradition of the family farm. These days though it seems that there are not many family farms that have been around for 5 generations of more. The rural farm life seems to be fading away.

Many family farms have been sold to land developers that have turned the farm fields into housing subdivisions. The family farm does not hold the appeal that it once did. Many families feel that the cost of operating the farm is greater than they want to spend and that they will not recover those costs. Many of the children of lifelong farmers feel that they have more to offer than the farm career. Whatever their reasons, it seems that they are just not interested in farming like their ancestors were.

Operating a farm is a lifestyle. It is a different type of lifestyle than it was 50 years ago, but it is still a lifestyle that requires many long hours of work and much planning. there are machinery costs, feed costs, grain and seed costs, and many other expenses wrapped into it. The cost may not equal the rewards that you would like for it too. However, farms are needed just as much today as they were several years ago.

Fresh vegetables and meat are needed for many families. With the allergies that we see in people these days, it is obvious that the prepackaged meals that so many of us eat these days have added to many health issues that we were not exposed to in days gone by. Many chemicals are added to our foods these days and although they are deemed safe, there is nothing to say that they are not the cause of many of the illnesses that we are seeing these days.

Rural farmers know that there is a pride among them as they harvest their fields and reap the fruits of their labor. Farming may not be what many would consider a decent wage for a job with so many obligations, but the rewards are in knowing you have raised food that others can eat and that you have done a good job when you begin to harvest your crops.

The rural lifestyle has changed as the years have gone by. Many new machines and products have made farming a much different career than it was several years ago. However, even with the changes, there are still many young people who feel that they do not want to follow in the family footsteps and continue with the family farm. it is sad that we are seeing a drop in family farms.

We are currently raising our children on a rural hobby farm and although we don't have the land to raise as many crops as we would like to and we don't have the room to can all of our own food, it is nice to know that they do have an idea as to how to raise crops, care for animals, and survive off the land if need be. I truly feel for children who never experience the family farm life.

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Country Living, Farm, Rural Living

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I am a country gal that loves God and her family and friends. I write about anything that I feel could be relevant for the day, animals and 4H being popular as well as home schooling.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Nov 2014 (#)

Farming does not attract the youth anywhere. In Asia, it is more exposed to the uncertain weather that can mean all efforts going in vain. There is a change in lifestyle everywhere away from farming - siva

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author avatar carolscash
9th Nov 2014 (#)

I agree with you. It seems that the change in lifestyle is going beyond just farming.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
9th Nov 2014 (#)

carolscash, my grandparents owned a farm and it was a wonderful way of life. For most of my life I have lived in the city. We live in the suburbs so we do have a big garden. I would surely miss it if we didn't have the fresh vegetables every year. Some people love farming but others like the bright lights of the city. I think I'm somewhere in between. Great article and writing.

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author avatar carolscash
11th Nov 2014 (#)

yes, it is a wonderful way of life. It seems that the younger generations are just not interested.

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Nov 2014 (#)

Great article! Young people today want a different lifestyle. Blessings.

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author avatar carolscash
17th Nov 2014 (#)

you are right that young people want a different lifestyle. Even at the local fair, we can see a decrease in the kids that are really interested in farming.

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author avatar Nancy Austin
23rd Apr 2015 (#)

I think more Americans should grow gardens and produce their own food for health benefits.

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