FAMILY FARMS IN TRANSITION
The rural landscape is dotted with abandoned farms.
Beautiful, weathered barns and buildings in disrepair,
gradually deteriorating back into the soil.
Hay barns, chicken coops, feed silos, cook sheds,
the smoke house and root cellar . . . decaying signs
of a bygone way of life.
For the past half century, the state of the family farm
has been suffering and slowly disappearing.
Since World War II , when there were 5-million farms
across the U.S., the number of farms had decreased to 2-million.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture,
90% of farms are small family operations.
But there's a turn-around trend happening in the past 5 years.
Since the last AgCensus, the number of family farms
HAS INCREASED BY 5% ! ! !
And new farms are smaller, with younger operators.
These young family farmers are growing food,
with a dramatic trend towards ORGANIC,
and 50% report selling crops LOCALLY
(within 100 miles of their farm.)
And that's good news for all of us ! ! !
(Think small. Eat well. Support your local farmers.)