April 30, 2019 – The iconic family farm, once common in the United States, used to be a unique form of livelihood, a blend of business and lifestyle. Many families earned a fair living specializing in something like dairy, selling milk through a cooperative, making sure everyone shared the small but adequate income.
Then they purchased what little they needed from the general store, sustaining their families mostly with what they grew on their own diversified farms – hogs, chickens, eggs, a wide variety of vegetables and tree fruit, with goats or cows for milk. They might have a big corn field for animal food and delectable sweet corn in the heat of summer. Sometimes the farm wife enjoyed growing peonies and petunias for the thrill of watching them bloom. … Read More