Sunday, January 16, 2011

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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.)





7 comments:

  1. Simply Wow.....that's quite a history ..i wish my ancestors could have save some beauty for us too..this word "renovation" just kills the classic taste... because everyone 'thinks big' these days.

    thanks for sharing Rick.

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  2. another wow...

    greetings from Bulgaria

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  3. Beautiful barns! Thanks for sharing with us!

    Have a nice day! :-)

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  4. Many stories in the old house.I like it

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  5. This is a wonderful story and it is important to preserve the old farmhouses. I love these old houses, they tell so much from our ancestors. Thanks for sharing and my best regards.

    isabella

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