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One Family's Vision of a Farm 

Greg CarboneMost folks envision a farm to be a place where large amounts of produce are grown for profit across vast pieces of land. The people who live and work such pieces of land are certainly farmers, but what about the rest of us?

To answer that question one needs to first ponder all the possible meanings of the word "farm." For example, I believe the term “farm” can be applied to a place where food is grown to sustain life and provide benefits to those around it. By that definition, my family and I have a farm! That makes us farmers!

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Furthermore, we may not sell our produce, but we sure do reap great benefits from it.

We are part of a large, global movement where more people have decided to take control of their food supplies by growing their own. People are becoming farmers again! This movement is a bit of a throwback to a time when growing your own was either a requirement or a deeply ingrained practice of basic living.

Just Google the terms “backyard farming” or “urban farming.” All across our land people are growing their own healthful, delicious and, in many cases, organic produce. Some are even raising animals for food. Most impressively, these “farmers” are growing their own regardless of available land space.

Farmer GregA quick scan of Pinterest shows urban “farmers” growing edible plants on balconies, container “farmers” coaxing amazing amounts of produce from vessels of all shapes and sizes, and backyard “farmers” like me supplying their families and neighbors with amazing produce. A new “crop” of entrepreneurs are even bringing the grow your own movement to kitchen counters!

Farmers, gardeners, agriculturalists, homesteaders, country people and more all uniting around the common interest and wonderfully sustainable pursuit of growing their own food.

So, are you a farmer?

5/6/2015 12:56:13 PM

Greg, I wholeheartedly agree with your summation. I have less than an acre under cultivation, have chickens, and will be doing a lot more as time goes on. No tractor or other heavy equipment. Yet I 'farm' just like many do today. For my own sense of pleasure of growing things, better control on what I eat and the added bonus of saving money. I think we will all see a lot more 'farmers' in the future. Jim

1/25/2015 8:02:49 AM

Greg, I never considered the possibility that farming could be done within the city. I grew up in the environment of large fields of the same crop growing in rows. That was my idea of a farm. My Dad had a farm and my up line ancestors all were farmers. After retirement my genetic roots kicked in and I started gardening in the back yard with raised beds. Soon, a rain water catch system was built and now automatic watering has been added. Three years ago, I found a city website that listed foreclosure properties that could be purchased from the city. I purchased a vacant lot and started a much larger garden. It's still in process of becoming the vision in my mind. Last year I bought another vacant lot property and will be transforming that property into more of a neighborhood beautification corner. This last year I came to the realization that I'd become an Urban Farmer and didn't even know it. If you want to know more about why I garden, you can read a recent post about it on the GRIT blog site. ***** ***** Have a great farmer day.