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View Poll Results: Are you a farmer?
Yes, I farm full-time and earn all of my income from farming. 1 3.85%
Yes, I farm and earn more than 50% of my income from farming. 0 0%
Yes, I farm and earn 1 - 49% of my income from farming. 7 26.92%
Yes, I have a "hobby farm" and earn no income from farming. 4 15.38%
Yes, I'm retired from earning my primary income from farming. 0 0%
No, I own a farm but do not farm it myself. 1 3.85%
No, but I live on a farm which provides income for others. 2 7.69%
No, but I have close friends or relatives who farm. 4 15.38%
No, but I want to farm. 4 15.38%
No. 3 11.54%
Voters: 26. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-28-2011, 02:08 AM
 
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I am a 9th generational sheep farmer (1757-2011) and even being born into farming, with plenty of unmortgaged land, with property taxes and collapse of the USDA, it is almost impossible to make your entire income from farming. Everyone I know who is doing well has wives that work at the hospitals or other higher paying jobs because the low wholesale costs of foods just is not going to cut it.

I'm switching gears a little bit as we are doing a little role-reversal. My new bride will stay home with the kids and tend the sheep, while I overwhelm myself welding. In my case we are literally beating plowshares into swords, as I leave the farm work to her, and make our income building ships for the US Navy.
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Old 09-01-2011, 03:01 PM
 
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I am not a farmer, but I want to be one.

I grew up in what used to be a farm town.

Most of the family are urban dwellers, so I am the odd man out.
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Old 09-01-2011, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I took this year off with one wholesale account as an exception. For 2011, 50+% of my income is from writing. It will probably stay that way. I'm going back to market farming next year but on a less intensive scale so that I have enough time for writing.
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Old 09-22-2011, 12:15 PM
 
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I am not a farmer but am surrounded by farms.
My relatives through marriage own a 600 plus acre farm.
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Old 09-24-2011, 04:00 PM
 
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I am a 50% person, my grown son and family 100%, my son will take it over. We are consider unique in our area. Because we never stop looking for new ways to make the land better. I did not marry a farmer, and he and I have 3 other businesses, I do a specialized job for the farm and am in daily contact with them, and there 2 days a week usually. All of us go explore ways to improve we spend much of the winter months in class, learning new things. And it pays off for us, our neighbors stand around scratching their heads wondering why our crop produces more, how they do that, they say.

We believe the soil health is so important, we are as organic as possible, our way keeps your mind going, we are always looking at how can we do that better. I believe most farmer do the same way they always did, and ask no questions, except when they look at us, like we are from Mars. Farmed the same community for 100 years.
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:35 AM
 
Location: denison,tx
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Currently I am not a farmer,as I live in a town/city of 23,000.
I grew up on 18 acres of land in upstate NY, mostly wooded. It was considered a rural non-farm...we raised animals for 4-H projects and had a small garden.
None of my family were farmers, my parents were raised in NYC.
I want very much to be in the country, working the land to grow a variety of crops for my own use as well as to sell. According to a career test I took one time long ago, I should be farming...one of these days it will happen.
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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My parents still raise their own produce and keep chickens for eggs, occasionally raise pigs for slaughter, but they don't farm for profit...it's just to have their own fresh food. It was the same when I was growing up.
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Old 09-27-2011, 05:05 PM
 
Location: In a chartreuse microbus
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Poll is closed, so I couldn't vote, but I do not farm. Want to extend kudos to those who do. Long days, hard work, all kinds of weather. Most have no idea what you go through just to keep things running. You have my respect. I gripe about too much rain for the garden. I need to stop that.
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Old 09-27-2011, 06:53 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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I was told that I could grow potatoes in my ears, so I guess I have the potential.
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