Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, on a small hobby farm, I never really considered the way we lived to be like a farm. Sure we raised cows, chickens, and sheep and had a few acres, but we weren’t growing crops to sell. Yeah, we had a garden and fresh veggies. But I never thought, what we were doing or how life was back then, was “farm-life” as I imagined it. It was just how we lived.
One of my earliest memories of home grown food, is of sitting in my grandpa’s vegetable garden eating fresh snap peas off the vine and hearing my parents calling out trying to find me. Sure we had a vegetable garden, I had to chop firewood, we raised animals, had a barn, a bit of land, and we had a tractor, but it just wasn’t a farm in my mind.
Today, on less than a half acre, close to town, I didn’t think the endeavors we pursue to be farm-like. But I looked up the definition of farm…
An area of land and its buildings used for growing crops and rearing animals, typically under the control of one owner or manager.
And you know… maybe what we are doing could be considered farming! Every year we increase the soil health around us, find new ways to try to thwart the deer, grow more of the food we eat, and find ourselves ever looking for more ways to increase output for less work. Maybe no matter how small, you could call your land a farm, it just depends on how you use it and how you view it.
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Constantly fighting with deer, weather, and poor soil, for us farming, gardening and growing is more about the journey than it is about the output. For now…